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The Resurrection Of The King

The Resurrection Of The King

Our Text: Book of Matthew Chapter 28

We must not be ignorant of the Bible. If the resurrection of Jesus did not occur then there is no Christianity!

Paul wrote:

1Co 15:12  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
1Co 15:13  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
1Co 15:14  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
1Co 15:15  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
1Co 15:16  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
1Co 15:17  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

The doctrine of the resurrection is fundamental to the Body of Christ!

To deny the resurrection is to deny the whole Bible, for no part of it can be true if not all of it is true!

If the foundation of Christianity is removed then the whole superstructure will fall!

Jesus taught us of two resurrections.

1.) A "spiritual" resurrection.

Joh 5:25  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
Joh 5:26  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
Joh 5:27  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

2.) A "bodily" resurrection.

Joh 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
Joh 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

The "spiritual" resurrection takes place the day you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour. That is the Soul resurrection!

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The "bodily" resurrection means more than just bringing the body back to life. Jesus brought people back to life and they again had to die:

The daughter of Jairus:

Luk 8:50  But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
Luk 8:51  And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
Luk 8:52  And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.
Luk 8:53  And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
Luk 8:54  And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.
Luk 8:55  And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.

The son of the woman in Nain:

Luk 7:11  And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
Luk 7:12  Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
Luk 7:13  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
Luk 7:14  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

Lazarus:

Joh 12:9  Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
Joh 12:10  But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
Joh 12:11  Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

These all had to die again. The resurrection of Jesus means more than these things.

It means to make alive, no more to die.

Paul again writes:

1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

What else does the Bible teach?

While this resurrection takes place, the identity of the "body"  that is raised is never lost. That dead body will be raised to suit it’s new life in Heaven.

Proof when Christ Jesus was transfigured:

Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Mat 17:3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

Moses was still Moses and Elijah was still Elijah!

God had this purpose from the beginning. There would never have been a Tree of Life if God had not planned for immortality. It was sin that changed things!

Paul wrote:

2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
2Ti 1:10  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, [who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel]:

What is the Gospel?

Co 15:1  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1Co 15:2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1Co 15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4  And that he was buried, and [that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures]:
1Co 15:5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1Co 15:6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
1Co 15:7  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
1Co 15:8  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

When Paul uses the phrase "according to the scriptures", he means according to Old Testament prophesy!

*****Our text:

Mat 28:1  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
Mat 28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
Mat 28:3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
Mat 28:4  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
Mat 28:5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Mat 28:6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Mat 28:7  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

When most people look at this Sabbath they think that Jesus was crucified on a Friday. The fact is that the Bible tells us a different story.

When Jesus was crucified and placed in that tomb it was the evening before the preparation day:

Mat 27:62  [Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation], the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
Mat 27:63  Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

John wrote:

Joh 19:31  The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

If we go back to the Laws of the Jews we know:

Exo 12:15  Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
Exo 12:16  And [in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you].
Exo 12:17  And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

In other words this day should be treated as a Sabbath(a high Sabbath).

In the Book of Leviticus we read:

Lev 23:5  In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover.
Lev 23:6  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Lev 23:7  [In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein].

Jesus could not have been placed in the grave on Friday but on Thursday.

There are many who write the harmonies of the four Gospels that list thirteen events happening on Tuesday and eight on Thursday and leave Wednesday totally blank. These same scholars list the words Jesus said on Tuesday:

Mat 26:2 [Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified].

If Jesus said this on Tuesday then Jesus said He would be dead by Thursday. I believe the Words of God are more valuable and true above what man writes:

Jesus had given the World a "Sign" that He would fulfill:

Mat 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

This is the truth of the Gospel:

Rom 3:4  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

These women who had witnessed the crucifying of Jesus waited until the dawn of the day after this Sabbath. It had been three days not four so His body would still not have begin to deteriorate.

Joh 11:39  Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, [by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days].

Prophesy says:

Psa 16:10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

They knew Jesus had died!

BUT, They had no faith in what Jesus had taught:

Mat 16:21  From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

Most of this world will tell you that they believe that Jesus lived and that he died but only the Church the Bride of Christ truly believe that Jesus "rose again".

What does the "resurrection" of Jesus Christ mean to us?

1.) It proves that Jesus was truly the Son of God:

Joh 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

2.) It proves the truth of the Old Testament:

Psa 16:10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psa 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

3.) It proves that there will be a resurrection of the saints of God, a Rapture of the Church:

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

4.) It is proof of a future judgment:

Act 17:31  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

5.) We now have a Heavenly Priest that will never change:

Heb 7:22  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
Heb 7:23  And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
Heb 7:24  But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Heb 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Heb 7:26  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Heb 7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Heb 7:28  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

6.) It is the "power" behind the Church:

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

7.) It is our hope for the future:

1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Though these women and those that were told had gathered discouraged and defeated, the Church can assemble on any day to bear witness that Jesus is alive and is the foundation of the Church, "Because He Lives".

The Bible tells us that there are earthquakes when the LORD visits this earth. They may not take place every time but they may. What does seem true is that the severity of the earthquake may coincide with God’s wrath at that time.

Any earthquake that would move stable things on this earth would be severe. That word "great" would mean that this earthquake was widespread.

Though this earthquake was great it was not the earthquake that moved the stone that covered the entrance into the tomb where Jesus had been placed.

Luk 24:3  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
Luk 24:4  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

The Book of Luke tells that there were actually two angels.

It was an angel that had rolled tat stone away. That stone had the seal of the Roman government on it but a much higher power had removed that stone.

It was not Jesus that removed that stone. Jesus could pass through walls. He had passed through His grave clothes which still held His shape lying in that tomb, and he had passed through the walls of that tomb.

Joh 20:5  And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
Joh 20:6  Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, [and seeth the linen clothes lie],
Joh 20:7  And the napkin, that was about his head, [not lying with the linen clothes], but wrapped together in a place by itself.

Those wrappings, those grave clothes laid there like an empty cocoon!

The angels said:

Mat 28:6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. [Come, see the place where the Lord lay].

The soldiers that had witnessed these things had passed out in fear of their lives!

We can think that we will bravely stand before this awesome God but I fully believe we will be more like these soldiers or like Daniel whom the Lord loved:

Dan 10:7  And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.
Dan 10:8  Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and [there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength].
Dan 10:9  Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

Jesus was not held by the bonds of death and could not be:

Act 2:24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: [because it was not possible that he should be holden of it].

"Come and see" was followed up by "Go and Tell".

*****Our Text:

Mat 28:8  And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
Mat 28:9  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Mat 28:10  Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Mat 28:11  Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
Mat 28:12  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Mat 28:13  Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
Mat 28:14  And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
Mat 28:15  So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Discouragement had become great joy. Fear had become hope. Death had become life!

Gazing on that empty tomb and hearing those angels say "He is risen" is the beginning of our faith!

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? [It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us].

Notice the next thing that comes is worship as they all fell at the feet of Jesus.

We are in the wrong when we say we have faith and do not take the time to worship our Lord!

Some say we can worship without going to gather in His name. We can and we should! But we cannot forsake the assembling also:

Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Heb 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

We know that the disciples were hiding in fear of their own lives. We know that after realizing the truth of Christ resurrection, how great they became as disciples and servants of the Lord.

Can you imagine what was going through the minds of those soldiers when they awoke.

To be a member of Pilate’s personal guard they had to be experienced, battle hardened men. They knew that things had happened beyond normal, these were spiritual things and they went straight to the High Priests of Israel.

This may have also been their instructions but we must also remember a couple of more things.

1.) For a Roman soldier to lose his prisoner would cost him his life.

2.) For a soldier to sleep on guard duty could also cost them their lives.

The supernatural things they had witnessed would have to be explained to Pilate in order for them to live.

Proof:

Act 12:18  Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
Act 12:19  And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.

Act 16:27  And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
Act 16:28  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

We can actually see proof of the resurrection in these things:

1.) If the body of Jesus had been stolen the grave clothes would not have been left behind especially as they were undisturbed.

2.) If the friends of Jesus had stole His body, surely they would not have returned to place more spices on it.

3.) The enemies of Christ would not have stolen His body for they wanted no hint of a resurrection.

4.) If the body of Jesus could be found and we can be sure it has been looked for, it would have silenced the early church and the spread of Christianity.

What we see is that there are no answers except the truth which is that Jesus Christ "arose from the dead" just as He said and He is still alive today!

The had given Judas only 30 pieces of silver. It would take a great sum of money or death to silence the truth of what these soldiers had witnessed.

Remember that some had already been convinced of the truth.

Mat 27:54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

*****Our Text:

Mat 28:16  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
Mat 28:17  And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Some scholars have said that the Book of Matthew is the Gospel of the Mountain:

1.) From a mountain Jesus gave the "Sermon on the Mount".

2.) From a mountain Jesus was transfigured.

3.) From the Mount of Olives, He took His place as the Son of David and rode into Jerusalem.

4.) From the Mount of Olives, He delivered the prophesy of the second coming and His Kingdom.

5.) He is now on a mountain in Galilee.

Some Bible scholars say that it is on this mountain where Christ Jesus was seen by more than 500 people at one time.

1Co 15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1Co 15:5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1Co 15:6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

We can see from the scriptures of Paul that most of these were fairly young people because they were still alive when Paul was preaching to the Corinthians and we can know there some that doubted on this mountain but at this time all the 11 disciples were now confirmed believers:

The proof:

Joh 20:24  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
Joh 20:25  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Joh 20:26  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Joh 20:27  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Joh 20:28  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Joh 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

The Lord Jesus did not ascend back to Heaven at this time but later in Jerusalem again on the Mount of Olives:

Luk 24:50  And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
Luk 24:51  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

We now have what is called the "Great Commission". Jesus directed these words to everyone on that mountain that day even though there were some that doubted. These words of Jesus do also apply to all that call on the name of Jesus as their Saviour.

If we want to be a part of God’s Word then we must be disciples and obey this command:

Paul wrote:

Rom 15:20  Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:
Rom 15:21  [But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand].

We must tell all those that have not heard of Jesus!

This will also fulfills prophesy and includes those in the governments of this world!

Isa 52:15  So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: [for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider].

Though this is the "Great Commission" all the Word of God have the same authority and are given by the same author. We cannot pick and choose in the Word of God!

When Jesus said "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth" He was saying it is His right only to use this power!

Jesus is still the only "authority" in this world because He is still ALIVE!

By His death and resurrection He defeated all His enemies.

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

You see all the work that needed to be done for "Salvation" is finished because of the cross!

Jesus showed the power of God in His resurrection!

It is with this authority that we have hope as Christians!

To be a Christian is to be a "Missionary for God" to all that have not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has given His Church this time to share this Gospel.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, [not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance].

Those that perish will perish because of their own refusal to believe!

Our command is to teach all nations. That begins where we now live. That begins in the place where we first got saved. If we will not share the Gospel at home, we can be sure that God will not call on us to go to foreign lands.

No matter where we are located in our daily walk with God, it is that place, in that moment that is our missionary field.

Act 11:19  Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.
Act 11:20  And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.
Act 11:21  And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

To be a disciple of Jesus means we are attached to Him and what He teaches. We have what He teaches in the written Word of God. That Word is settled in Heaven. It is not for us to make changes in it but teach it as it is.

We must study that Word in order to do these things:

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

This same Word is what we are to teach!

The main thing we need to know is that Jesus will be with us in all these things and it is still His Power that saves.

We just deliver the message as we are Christ’s messengers of the truth of the Gospel!

So now let’s look at the facts:

1.) Jesus had repeatedly while He lived predicted that He would suffer death and that He would rise on the third day.

2.) Jesus made His resurrection the "sign" of proof of all His claims.

3.) Jesus instituted two perpetual ordinances:

a.) One to commemorate His death.(The Lord’s Supper)

b.) The other to commemorate His burial and His resurrection.(Believers Baptism)

4.) It seems that only Mary, the sister of Lazarus believed that Jesus would die and resurrect but we see that all the religious leaders and His enemies had believed and taken measures that they thought would stop it.

Mat 26:12  For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
Mat 26:13  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

His enemies:

Mat 27:39  And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
Mat 27:40  And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Mat 27:41  Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
Mat 27:42  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

Mat 27:62  Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
Mat 27:63  Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Mat 27:64  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
Mat 27:65  Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
Mat 27:66  So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Jesus risked everything of the New Testament Church and Christianity on the fact of "His Resurrection". This fact has never been proven wrong and I’m sure that Caiaphas and the Roman government did everything in their power to prove differently and failed.

Did Jesus actually die?

The facts:

1.) The written record says He died. We have that record!

2.) All historians most being non-believers said He died. (Josephus and others)

3.) The man Pilate had put in charge of those soldiers, a Centurion, officially said He died and reported this to Pilate. Pilate believed his man!

4.) Jesus was actually embalmed and buried in the Jewish fashion of that day and that tomb was barred with a great stone. There was one hundred pounds of embalming spices used. That could not have been done to someone that was alive.

5.) That great stone was sealed with the seal of the Roman government. To remove this seal was an act that required death. No Jew would have done this!

6.) There was an armed guard posted to guard this tomb. Not of the Jewish Temple guard but of Pilate’s palace guard. They knew their own death would follow if they failed to do their job!

7.) It was an angel of God who has all authority that removed that stone.

8.) That Roman guard reported first to the Jewish High Priest for what they saw was supernatural things that they had no defense of. They knew they faced death at the hands of Pilate for these things they could not stop.

9.) It is the angel that told all the Jesus had risen.

Did Jesus resurrect back to life, how do we account for that tomb being empty?

1.)  Some of the guard testified that the body of Jesus was stolen but that contradicts the story told to the High Priest!

Mat 28:11  Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

2.)  The testimony of the stolen body was only told after the bribe was paid. This would have been thrown out of any court.

Mat 28:12  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Mat 28:13  Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

3.) These men could not have known anything about the body of Jesus if they had been asleep the whole time and they would have stopped it if they were not asleep.

4.) The disciples would have had no use for the dead body of Jesus. It would have proved nothing.

5.) It leaves unexplained the resurrection and appearances of those saints of old that roamed the streets of Jerusalem in full view of everyone.

Mat 27:52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Mat 27:53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

6.) A Centurion of the Roman army could not have been fooled by these things and was witness to the truth and we should believe as he did.

Mat 27:54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

7.) The disciples believed when they saw Him:

1Jn 1:1  That which was from the beginning, [which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled], of the Word of life;
1Jn 1:2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1Jn 1:3  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jn 1:4  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

8.) His Mother, His brothers, His friends and His companions for three years could not all have been fooled!

Act 1:3  To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Act 1:4  And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

Let’s Pray!

The Sacrifice Of The King

The Sacrifice Of The King

Our text: Matthew chapter 27

Jesus had "wept" as he had entered Jerusalem for this last time before His appointment with the cross.

Did He weep for Himself?

Luk 19:41  And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Luk 19:42  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, [at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes].

No, He wept for the children of Israel.

Notice what Jesus says: "but now they are hid from thine eyes"

Paul later wrote these words to the Christians in Rome:

Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

To the Christians in Corinth:

2Co 3:14  (But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ).
2Co 3:15  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

We should ask why?

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4  [In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not], lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2Co 4:5  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

Jesus Christ had many great prayers but He said one on that cross that stands out for Israel and all unbelievers:

Luk 23:34  Then said Jesus, [Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do]. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

We know this prayer is answered everyday and we know that Israel will be saved as much as for what God did on that cross but because what the Son ask the Father, the Father will then do! Jesus is our intercessor between us and God the Father.!

1Pe 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pe 2:23  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; [but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously]:
1Pe 2:24  [Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness]: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1Pe 2:25  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Satan’s hold on the people of God was broken on that cross and every individual has the power of salvation in their own selves if they will follow the example of Jesus and ask for forgiveness.

1Jn 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

What is the will of God?

Gal 1:3  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Gal 1:4  Who gave himself for our sins, [that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father]:

Let’s study the day these things took place.

*****Our text:

Judas the traitor:

Mat 27:1  When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
Mat 27:2  And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Mat 27:3  Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Mat 27:4  Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
Mat 27:5  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Mat 27:6  And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
Mat 27:7  And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
Mat 27:8  Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
Mat 27:9  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
Mat 27:10  And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.

When Judas witnessed this false trial by Caiaphas and the religious leaders and saw that Jesus was condemned to death, he was filled with remorse. He returned those thirty pieces of silver:

"Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood"

Judas would have had to be a witness to the things that were happening to Christ Jesus.

Satan had used Judas’s love for money as his bait to trap him and now it seemed to be nothing to be a part of.

Satan has this effect on all the things he makes happen:

Heb 11:25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, [than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season];

You see the pleasure of sin does not last very long. Every sin that is committed is centered on covetness.

Paul wrote:

Rom 7:7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Judas had coveted money above all else and money caused him to destroy himself by committing suicide. Most of those that stand behind the pulpits in the modern church stand there in covetness of money or power or for some other worldly thing, selling out the Lord Jesus Christ with every sermon. Those sitting in the pews, in the house of God covet the things of this world rather than the things of God, also destroying there own lives.

The Book of Jude describes these men like Judas.
The Book of James describes the false Christian.

Judas realizes that though Jesus is innocent of all these things He is accused of, He will still be condemned.

He gives his confession to the priests, who have no regard for the innocent, as he throws the money back to them and then he commits suicide.

Act 1:18  Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
Act 1:19  And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

Act 1:24  And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
Act 1:25  That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, [from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place].

Judas took his place in a hell that was reserved for Satan, and it was Satan that had deceived him into going there. To those that think Judas will arise one day as the Anti-Christ from the pits of hell they are also deceived:

The Bible says:

Luk 16:26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Those priests judged that it was not lawful to put that blood money back into the Temple treasury. They decided to buy the field of the potter for a burying ground for strangers. This potters field which is on the side of the valley of Hinnon is also called ‘Tophet" in the Bible.

Tophet

=Topheth, from Heb. toph “a drum,” because the cries of children here sacrificed by the priests of Moloch were drowned by the noise of such an instrument; or from taph or toph, meaning “to burn,” and hence a place of burning, [the name of a particular part in the valley of Hinnom]. “Fire being the most destructive of all elements, is chosen by the sacred writers to symbolize the agency by which God punishes or destroys the wicked.

Jeremiah says:

Jer 18:1  The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Jer 18:2  Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Jer 18:3  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Jer 18:5  Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Jer 18:6  O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Jer 18:7  At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
Jer 18:8  If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

Jer 19:1  Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter’s earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;
Jer 19:2  And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee,
Jer 19:3  And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; [Behold, I will bring evil upon this place], the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.

Jer 19:11  And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
Jer 19:12  Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:

Zechariah adds:

Zec 11:12  And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
Zec 11:13  And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was priced at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

Because these priests could not accept this returned money, the purchase of the potters field was applied to Judas. It was bought for the purpose of burying strangers but to all that knew it was called "the field of blood":

The "Tophet" of Jeremiah that was valued and bought for 30 pieces of silver the price for the Messiah is then prophecy fulfilled.

Notice this also foreshadows what was to happen to Israel.

The land of Israel would become a land for burying strangers from the time of Titus until May 14, 1948. Israel was not there because this nation was scattered among all the nations. There are still many Jew who have not made their way back home.

*****Our text:

Mat 27:11  And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
Mat 27:12  And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
Mat 27:13  Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
Mat 27:14  And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
Mat 27:15  Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
Mat 27:16  And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
Mat 27:17  Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
Mat 27:18  For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Mat 27:19  When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
Mat 27:20  But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
Mat 27:21  The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
Mat 27:22  Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
Mat 27:23  And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
Mat 27:24  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
Mat 27:25  Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Mat 27:26  Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

There is a point that needs to be made. The Roman laws stated that all non-citizens had no legal rights. Under this point of law Pilate could not act illegally, for Christ Jesus had no rights in the eyes of Rome. This is a sad statement  but even today many foreigners are treated as if they have no rights at all by the governments of this world.

We must also realize that before the Sanhedrin court, the Supreme Court of Israel at that time, Jesus was tried for "blasphemy". As Christ is taken before Pilate He is tried for:

1.) Sedition or misleading the nation of Israel.

2.) For forbidding the payment of taxes.

3.) For claiming to be King of the Jews, which he had legal right to claim by heredity.

Luk 23:2  And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King. 

"Blasphemy" is not mentioned to Pilate because he would not rule on a Jewish matter.

Pontius Pilate was the sixth Roman procurator to serve in Judea. He was not liked by the Jews because he would deliberately violate the Jewish laws. He was not above killing to accomplish his purpose which is why he and Herod were at odds:

Luk 13:1  There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

It was Herod that was the governor of Galilee.

The charges to the guilt of Jesus brought to Pilate were political charges against the Roman government but they were still lies and were still false.

Pilate focused on the charge of Jesus being a king. Any new king would be a threat to Rome.

"Art thou the King of the Jews?"

Jesus answered "it is as you say" but He explains His meaning.

Joh 18:34  Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
Joh 18:35  Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
Joh 18:36  Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Joh 18:37  Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Joh 18:38  Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Jesus was not the type of king that Pilate asked about at least not at this time:

1.) The Kingdom of Jesus is not of this world.

2.) He had no armies on this earth.

3.) His followers would not have to fight for Him.

4.) His Kingdom would be a reign of "Truth".

Pilate found no fault in Our Lord because He has no faults!

Jesus answered nothing else.

We know that Jesus was next taken before Herod:

Luk 23:6  When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
Luk 23:7  And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
Luk 23:8  And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
Luk 23:9  Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
Luk 23:10  And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
Luk 23:11  And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
Luk 23:12  And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

This Herod was the one that had murdered John the Baptist and had also threatened to kill Jesus.

Herod had silenced John who was God’s voice to the people and Jesus had nothing more to say to this evil man.

Here stood the Lamb of God and He opened not His mouth!

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

1Pe 2:23  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
 
Herod could only mock Jesus and send Him back to Pilate. If Pilate had hoped to get rid of his problem of judging Our Lord, he was disappointed.

As the Roman Governor, he had to uphold the law of Rome. As a politician he knew he had to get along with the people or Rome would replace him.

Both Herod and Pilate knew that Jesus had broken no Roman Law and was innocent!

There seemed to be a custom of releasing a Jewish prisoner on the day of the Passover Feast. This was usually some outspoken Jewish person who had really broken no law but this day Pilate deliberately chose his most notorious prisoner. A true murderer and an enemy of the Jew and of Rome.

Barabbas:

Joh 18:40  Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.

Mar 15:7  And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

Barabbas was not an innocent man and he had been tried and found guilty and was waiting on his execution.

Barabbas was on death’s row in prison and it was Christ Jesus that would also take his place. Christ Jesus was the substitute for every sinner for we were all on Satan’s "death row"!

Pilate had reasoned with himself that these people would ask that Jesus be released after all Jesus had healed the sick, He had raised the dead, and He had done many other known miracles.

These evil Jews had put in place a means of riot and it would be Pilate that would get the blame if he allowed it to happen.

Pilate then did three things:

1.) He wash his hands claiming he was innocent of the death of Jesus.

2.) He stated that Jesus was a "just" person and not worthy of death.

3.) He offered to punish Jesus and then release Him.

What did these blinded Jews say?

Joh 19:12  And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: [but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar].

Pilate knew these things would make it to Rome if he did what was right and released Jesus.

Pilate had Jesus scourged and delivered to be crucified:

Read and study Psalms 22.

Jesus Christ was made a curse for each and everyone of us:

Deu 21:23  His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Pilate knew what was right but he elected to please the people who were wrong:

Mar 15:15  And so Pilate, [willing to content the people], released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

How often now do small groups of people go before our government for some ungodly thing and the government yield to them knowing they are not right with the majority of the populace.

Pilate ask a very serious question of these Jews:

"What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ"

Everyone that has been born since the death of Jesus will see and answer this question before they die.

"What do we do with Jesus the Christ Child?"

He must be accepted as your personal Saviour or He must be rejected. There is only one choice to make:

1Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
1Co 6:11  [And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

You know:

1.) Judas yielded to the devil in his sin.

2.) Peter yielded to the flesh in his sin.

3.) Pilate yielded to the world, listened to the crowd that was before him, and took the easy way out, not the right way. Pilate condemned the Lord of Glory!

What will you do with Jesus Christ Our Lord?

*****Our Text:

Mat 27:27  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
Mat 27:28  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
Mat 27:29  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Mat 27:30  And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
Mat 27:31  And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
Mat 27:32  And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
Mat 27:33  And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
Mat 27:34  They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
Mat 27:35  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
Mat 27:36  And sitting down they watched him there;
Mat 27:37  And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Mat 27:38  Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
Mat 27:39  And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
Mat 27:40  And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Mat 27:41  Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
Mat 27:42  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
Mat 27:43  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
Mat 27:44  The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
Mat 27:45  Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Mat 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Mat 27:47  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
Mat 27:48  And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
Mat 27:49  The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Mat 27:50  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Mat 27:51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Mat 27:52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Mat 27:53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Mat 27:54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Mat 27:55  And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
Mat 27:56  Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.
Mat 27:57  When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
Mat 27:58  He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
Mat 27:59  And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
Mat 27:60  And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
Mat 27:61  And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
Mat 27:62  Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
Mat 27:63  Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Mat 27:64  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
Mat 27:65  Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
Mat 27:66  So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Barabbas was the false man chosen by the land of the Jew. He was the national choice but we see the "blood of Christ" was wished upon them but even to those not yet born their own children.

Does the history of the Jew show this?

Satanic hatred then and existing in our day then took over and an awful punishment of Christ Jesus began. He had already been sentenced. He was a willing substitute for our sin. What happens next was uncalled for.

*****(vs 27-30)

After Jesus was sentenced to be crucified He was placed in the custody of the soldiers that were in Pilate’s control. They took Him to their own quarters in the Praetorium.

The Praetorium was the common hall where the governor’s, who was the "praetor"(the commander-in-chief), personal body guard(the palace guard) congregated.

Christ was condemned by Rome because He was a King which was true. He did have King David’s bloodline.

These soldiers paid homage to this king in a terrible way. Pilate knew Jesus was innocent yet he allowed Jesus to be ridiculed by his own army.

Remember Jesus had just been scourged. Many a man had died during a Roman scourging.

1.) They first disrobed Jesus placing upon Him the color of royalty.  This was most probably an old garment of the palace guard.

Can you imagine ripping the clothes off Jesus exposing that body so torn by the violence of that whip with it bits of bone, and sharp objects imbedded into it’s nine tails.

Rev 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, [stood a Lamb as it had been slain], having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

God has not forgotten this day!

He will yet sit on His throne:

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

2.) A king must have a crown:

They wove together stems from a thorny bush and push it into His head. The same head that was so recently anointed with the oil from that alabaster box of Mary’s.

3.) They gave this king a scepter of the reed plant.

Then: "they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! "

4.) They then spat on Him while beating Him with their fist and with that reed or other reeds.

Isa 50:5  The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
Isa 50:6  I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isa 50:7  For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

This submission of Our Lord was not a sign of God’s weakness "but of His strength".

1Pe 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, [leaving us an example], that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Christ Jesus was showing us an example of His "Love"!

*****(vs 31-38)

Once more Jesus was disrobed and His own blood soaked robe was placed upon Him. Jesus was not just going to die but He was going to die on a cross.

Joh 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Jesus was then led to the place of His crucifying:

Heb 13:12  Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
Heb 13:13  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

With all the punishment already on that precious body of Our Lord, He was unable in His flesh to carry His cross.

It was required that the prisoner to at least carry his own cross beam and to wear a placard around his neck describing his crime.

Jesus has began this walk to the cross bearing all His cross:

Joh 19:17  And [he bearing his cross] went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

It was decided that someone should help Him:

"And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross"

Only about two and a half hours had passed since Jesus had stood before Pilate which was most likely about six thirty (A M).

It was about nine (A M) when this procession reached Golgotha.

Where have we see this place in the Bible?

Gen 22:4  Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, [and saw the place afar off].
Gen 22:5  And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
Gen 22:6  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

This place of Golgotha could be seen from a great distance in the time of Abraham.

It was customary to give those to be crucified a drugged drink to help ease their pain but Jesus refused this drink.

Christ Jesus wanted to feel the pain of my sin and of your sin. Sin cannot be watered down! Sin cannot be made light of!

Psa 69:21  They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

It was also customary for the soldiers to share in any spoils of those that were crucified.

Psa 22:17  I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
Psa 22:18  They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

They gambled for the things of Jesus:

Joh 19:23  Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
Joh 19:24  They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

They then sat down and waited upon Him to die:

"And sitting down they watched him there"

They displayed His title above that cross in three languages:

Luk 23:38  And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

*****(vs 39-44)

Jesus was not executed in a building, He was executed on a public highway on a day when there were many thousands if not millions going in and out of Jerusalem. Jesus Christ was now mocked by this crowd of Jews.

Psa 22:6  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
Psa 22:7  All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
Psa 22:8  He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

The Jewish leaders also joined in reminding others what He had said:

Mat 26:61  And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

"He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him"

Jesus Christ stayed on that cross to prove He was the Son of God.

Jesus was not the only one crucified on Golgotha that day. There were at least two others. These were confirmed men who had stolen from Rome. We can see that even thieves were punished by death in the hands of Rome.

The Bible said many years earlier:

Isa 53:12  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and [he was numbered with the transgressors]; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

He was counted among thieves. The passers by mocked Him, yet He stayed on that cross to prove He was a loving God.

The Bible says:

Psa 69:20  Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

He could only prove He was a loving God with His death! He gave it all so that we might live!

Jesus did not come to this earth to save His own life. Jesus Christ came to this earth to pay the ransom for all sinners!

Thank You Jesus!

*****(vs 45-56)

Jesus was crucified about nine in the morning of that sad day. He had hung on that cross for three hours until noon. Then a solemn darkness settled over the land. This was at least the land known as Palestine and maybe the Roman Empire but in other places of the world there was already darkness.

This was not an eclipse of the Sun. The Jew used a lunar calendar, the Passover Feast occurred at the time of the full moon.

This was a supernatural darkness!

God had hidden His face from Him; He was forsaken by God Himself!

This darkness would last for three hours.

There were three days of darkness before the first passover in Egypt and now there was three hours of darkness before God’s Lamb died for our sins and the sin of the entire world.

Jesus had spoken three times that were recorded before this darkness:

1.) He had prayed "Father forgive them".

Luk 23:34  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

2.) He had assured a repentant thief of a place in Paradise.

Luk 23:39  And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Luk 23:40  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Luk 23:41  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luk 23:42  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luk 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

3.) He had given His Mother into the care of the Apostle John.

Joh 19:25  Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
Joh 19:26  When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
Joh 19:27  Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

It was during this darkness that Jesus had been made sin for us!

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Jesus then quoted His Own Sweet Words:

Psa 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

That darkness was a symbol of the "judgment" that He had endured!

Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

A Holy God cannot look upon sin! How could a Holy God look upon His Son with favor at this time when He had become sin?

Jesus then spoke in His favorite language, Hebrew!

He was not understood by many of the spectators!

There will be a pure language one day and all will understand!

Zep 3:8  Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
Zep 3:9  For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.

Jesus then spoke three more times:

1.) "I thirst".

Joh 19:28  After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

Fulfilling prophesy:

Psa 69:21  They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

2.) "It is finished"

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

3.) "into Thy hands I commend My Spirit"

Luk 23:46  And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Jesus Christ was in complete control of Himself!

Jesus "gave" His life for us, no one took His life!

2Co 13:4  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
2Co 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Then there were three miracles:

1.) The veil of the temple was ripped into:

2.) There was an earthquake:

3.) There was a resurrection of some saints:

Mat 27:51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Mat 27:52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Mat 27:53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Mat 27:54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

The ripped veil symbolized that the way to God was now open to all that would come to Him:

Heb 10:18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Heb 10:21  And having an high priest over the house of God;
Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Heb 10:23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Heb 10:24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

No more need for a single temple, a high priests, sacrificial altars, or the animal sacrifice.

There was an earthquake when God gave the Law:

Exo 19:18  And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
Exo 19:19  And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

The earthquake at Mount Calvary signified that the demands of the Law had been met:

Heb 12:18  For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
Heb 12:19  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
Heb 12:20  (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
Heb 12:21  And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. Heb 12:18  For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
Heb 12:25  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
Heb 12:27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

1.) Jesus conquered sin: (the torn veil)

2.) Jesus conquered the Law: (the earthquake)

3.) Jesus conquered death: (the resurrections)

The Bible tells us:

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Apostle John was the only disciple that we know was near the cross:

Joh 19:35  And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

Many women were watching this cruel thing:

1.) Mary the Mother of Jesus.

2.) The sister of Mary, wife of Cleophas(Alphaeus).

3.) Salome, the mother of James and John.

4.) Mary Magdalene.

We know there were others.

We also know that the men, the disciples had fled.

The "just" died for the "unjust" that day!

*****(57-66)

There was another man that witnessed these things that had not made himself known as a disciple of Jesus to others:

Joseph of Arimathaea:

These same religious leaders did not want dead bodies hanging on crosses during the Feasts. After six PM would begin the next day, the day of the Great Sabbath. Therefore the legs of those crucified would be broken to allow for death to come.

Crucifying was like hanging, a means to cut of the supply of air, but a much harsher way of doing it.

Joh 19:31  The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Joh 19:32  Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
Joh 19:33  But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

Now these were professional soldiers. Only a selected few were allowed to be Pilate’s body guard. They knew death when they saw it.

Satan had not had enough yet! Jesus had said He would resurrect and He would, but some had not understood God’s Power:

Joh 19:34  But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
Joh 19:35  And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
Joh 19:36  For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
Joh 19:37  And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

God will not leave one scripture that will not be fulfilled:

Joseph was a secret disciple of Jesus, who served on the Council of the Sanhedrin. He was a good man among many evil men.

Luk 23:50  And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:
Luk 23:51  (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.

Mar 15:43  Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

He had seen his Master crucified, it was time to stand up for Jesus. With the help of Nicodemus another disciple afraid to make himself known for lack of faith they prepared the body of Jesus for burial.

If God had not kept these men hidden until this time, prophesy would not have been fulfilled!

Isa 53:9  [And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death]; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

The site of the tomb was near Golgotha and had probably been selected by Joseph earlier. We must consider that these two men in preparing the dead body of Jesus had then to forgo the Passover as they had defiled their own bodies under Jewish Law. They knew that the Law had been fulfilled in Jesus.

They had found the true Lamb of God!

The disciples had forgotten that Jesus promised to rise again but not those evil religious leaders who said they did not believe.

It was the Roman soldiers who had been in charge and it would be Roman soldiers that would apply that Roman seal to that tomb and guard it to make sure it was not disturbed by anyone.

To break the seal of the Governor would require death to those that did so.

For Roman guards to loose a prisoner required their death.

God had made sure that no one could steal the body of Jesus, friend or foe!

The Jewish leaders and the Roman government would now help to prove the evidence of Christ’s Resurrection!

Let’s pray!

The Betrayal Of The King

The Betrayal Of The King

Our text: Matthew chapter 26: 47-75

To betray is to deliver into the hands of an enemy by treachery or fraud, in violation of trust.

The religious leaders of that time had tried to discredit the Lord Jesus Christ in every way that they could and failed. We see so much of this in our world today. You can mention the word god or allah or khoda or other words having the same meaning and the world will accept that you are talking about the same person or persons.

The word that we use for the Supreme Being, God, comes from a very pagan origin. Thus the word god is used generically by many different religions to refer to their deity. There are many in the world today that would try to place all religions under one roof because of this. The fact that there is a difference in Christianity will not allow the Christian to go along with this. The acceptance of Christ Jesus as the Messiah who has come and will return must be means of salvation according to the Word of God.

1Jn 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
1Jn 2:23  Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

1Jn 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
1Jn 3:11  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

Interestingly, not many Muslim want to accept that Allah was already being worshipped at the Ka’ba in Mecca by Arab pagans before Muhammad came. Some Muslim become angry when they are confronted with this fact."But history establishes beyond the shadow of doubt that even the pagan Arabs, before Muhammad’s time, knew their chief god by the name of Allah and even, in a sense, proclaimed his unity…Among the pagan Arabs this term denoted the chief god of their pantheon, the Kaaba, with its three hundred and sixty idols."

There is absolutely no question that Allah was worshipped by the pagan Arabs as one of many polytheistic gods. Allah was worshipped in the Kabah at Mecca before Muhammad was born. Muhammad merely proclaimed a god the Meccans were already familiar with. The pagan Arabs never accused Muhammad of preaching a different Allah than the one they already worshipped.

To love one another is not just for those of a religion to love those that belive the same way but to love one another is to love all your brothers and sisters everywhere in this world no matter their background or their beliefs.

The example God gives us is this:

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

After saying all this if you just mention the name Jesus or Jesus Christ ot Christ Jesus then most of this world will immediately stand up in arms with hate and ridicule.

Jesus’s last name was not "Christ"! Christ means "Messiah"! Jesus was the Messiah that came to this earth to save His people.

Messiah means "God in the flesh"!

The religious leaders of all religions simply do not accept this "FACT". Not then and not now!

The difference in a Christian and a religious person is simply the belief on Jesus Christ as the Supreme God, Jehovah God, the God who creates and the God who saves and redeems.

This the truth!

1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

1Jn 5:9  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

The world is still looking for the Messiah that is King but the world will have missed the Messiah who saves if they wait that long and ignore Christ Jesus Our Lord who is both.

*****Our text:

Mat 26:47  And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Mat 26:48  Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
Mat 26:49  And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
Mat 26:50  And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
Mat 26:51  And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
Mat 26:52  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Mat 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Mat 26:54  But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
Mat 26:55  In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
Mat 26:56  But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
Mat 26:57  And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
Mat 26:58  But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
Mat 26:59  Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
Mat 26:60  But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
Mat 26:61  And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
Mat 26:62  And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
Mat 26:63  But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
Mat 26:64  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Mat 26:65  Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
Mat 26:66  What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
Mat 26:67  Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
Mat 26:68  Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

These disciples had not felt the great need for these things to take place just as they were written. They had not saw the need for Jesus to die, especially on a cross. These disciples had failed in their love for Christ and we do the same.

There are many in our day that just do not see the need for Jesus and the work that He did to get us saved.

I am sure glad that Jesus Christ was in the will of the Father, even though for many years I did not see the need of such a loving Saviour.

Let’s see how Our Saviour was treated.

The facts:

1.) The Sanhedrin had determined to kill Jesus:

Mat 26:3  Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
Mat 26:4  And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. Mat 26:3  Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
Mat 26:4  And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.

2.) Judas Iscariot had entered into an agreement with these people:

Mat 26:14  Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
Mat 26:15  And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

3.) Judas was watching for the right opportunity:

Mat 26:16  And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

4.) Christ had revealed to Judas that He knew of his plan:

Mat 26:25  Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

5.) Judas rejected the offer of forgiveness:

Joh 13:30  He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
Joh 13:31  Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

6.) The Sanhedrin had not wanted to kill Jesus on the Passover but there would not be a better chance than this with Jesus only surrounded by eleven disciples rather than the large Passover crowds:

Joh 18:2  And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
Joh 18:3  Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

The fact that this band of men came armed shows that Judas did not really understand Our Lord.

There would be no fight or attempt to escape. Jesus calmly surrendered to the "cup" He was about to drink.

You know the legacy of Judas lives on in the fact that the name Judas is not a name used very much anymore.

Not only was he a betrayer, he also used a "kiss" as a weapon.

Judas cheapened everything he touched!

The disciples wanted to fight but they must be preserved at this time to carry forward the New Testament, The New Covenant of the Lord.

Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

These men were being trained to begin the Church, the Bride of Christ.

Jesus had been preparing them for a different life. They would need the means to protect themselves but not on this night. You know if one looks at the results of the ministry of Jesus there were only 120 saved in His three years of preaching.

When we do not realize that Jesus was training disciples we have missed the importance of Christ time on this earth.

He paid the price of our salvation but as disciples it is our job to train other disciples. Jesus started with twelve. Only eleven accepted the training and at His death there were 120.

This is the work we have to do Train other disciples. This is our vision left by our Saviour.

Pro 29:18  [Where there is no vision, the people perish]: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Have we lost the vision Christ gave us?

Peter was loosing the vision on this day:

Luk 22:31  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luk 22:32  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Luk 22:33  And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
Luk 22:34  And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
Luk 22:35  And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
Luk 22:36  Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
Luk 22:37  For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
Luk 22:38  And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

They would be left in a hostile world after the cross.

The proof of this is the fact that a portion of the Roman army had come with Judas. The Sanhedrin and the Temple had an armed guard and Jesus bs not being arrested for breaking any Roman law.

It is easy to see that all parties were expecting some sort of insurrection to occur. If Jesus had broken Roman law He would have been delivered to Pilate yet we know that He was delivered to Annas, who was not the High Priest first, and then on to the Hight priest Caiaphas.

When Jesus still called Judas His "Friend" the, Temple guard and those with them fell back and down on their knees:

Joh 18:6  As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Jesus then ask for the release of the eleven disciples.

Joh 18:8  Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
Joh 18:9  That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

It is at this time that Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus.

Jesus told Peter to put up his sword and He healed the ear of Malchus. If not for this peter could also have been taken.

It is at this time that the Roman soldiers probably around 600, took control of Jesus.

Joh 18:11  Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
Joh 18:12  Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,
Joh 18:13  And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.

We know what would have happened to Paul if not for the Roman guard:

Act 21:30  And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.
Act 21:31  And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

There could very well such an attempt on Jesus if not for the Romans.

These Romans had remained silent until they saw that the Temple guards were unable to face the dignity of Jesus.

They took control of the situation!

No doubt that Jesus Christ had been made out to be some dangerous character.

It is at this time that all the disciples fled.

Mat 26:56  But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

After His arrest Christ Jesus was first brought before Annas. Annas had been the key person of Jewish religion for many years. Though he only served as High Priest for 6 to 8 years, he had five sons that had been High Priest and Caiaphas was his son-n-law.

We also know that these were all Sadducees, the enemy of the Pharisees, so they all had joined forces in this false and illegal trial.

"But Peter followed afar off"

These things were not happening  by accident but as appointed by God Himself. This was all part of God’s plan:

Act 2:22  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Act 2:23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Act 2:24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

Jesus was treated as a thief but we know it was Judas a disciple of Satan who was the thief.

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

And Jesus was amongst even more of Satan’s disciples.

Jesus own disciples had deserted Him:

Joh 16:32  Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

According to Old Testament Law the High Priest were to serve until their death. The Romans made the office of High Priest an appointed position. This was done so they could be certain that the Jewish religion would be cooperative with the Roman government.

It was this family that was in charge of the Temple business that Jesus had overthrown twice in a short time.

Jesus was their enemy in many ways. Caiaphas had already made it clear hits intent to destroy Jesus.

Joh 11:48  If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Joh 11:49  And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
Joh 11:50  Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

But it was Annas who still had the power:

Luk 3:2  Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

Jesus was already to be guilty before any trial was called together. The problem was to find witnesses to match this false guilt.

The Sanhedrin court was illegally and hastily brought together:

Mar 14:53  And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

This opportunity could not be missed and this trial would be over before any of the Passover crowds began to gather.

No honest witnesses could be found simply because Christ Jesus was innocent of any charge. These leaders arranged for some false witnesses.

This also was not legal by their own Laws:

Deu 19:15  One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
Deu 19:16  If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
Deu 19:17  Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;
Deu 19:18  And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
Deu 19:19  Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.

We can see that twisting the Word of God to suit their own purpose was something they had no problem doing.

It was a serious matter to speak against the Temple so a statement Jesus made was taken out of context:

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Joh 2:20  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
Joh 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.

This same group of men used this same argument against Philip a short while later:

Act 6:14  For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

It is Christ Jesus that set the example for all Christians to follow:

1Pe 2:17  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
1Pe 2:18  Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
1Pe 2:19  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
1Pe 2:20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
1Pe 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pe 2:23  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1Pe 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Caiaphas saw how futile it was to find any witness against Jesus so he attacked Jesus knowing He would not deny being the Son of God:

Jesus applied the Word of God to Himself:

Psa 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Dan 7:13  I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

This would mean "salvation" to anyone that would trust on Him but Caiaphas would be condemned.

Caiaphas without council immediately passed sentence!

Prophecy was again fulfilled:

Isa 50:6  I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isa 50:7  For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

Caiaphas found Jesus guilty of this one charge but watch as this trial moves to Pilate.

In front of Pilate other charges are added:

1.) Pilate is told that Jesus has claimed to be King of the Jews.

2.) Pilate is told that Jesus taught that the Jews should not pay tribute to Caesar.

3.) Pilate is told that Jesus stirred up the people.

*****Our text:

Mat 26:69  Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
Mat 26:70  But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
Mat 26:71  And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
Mat 26:72  And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
Mat 26:73  And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
Mat 26:74  Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
Mat 26:75  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

What we know is that Peter had boasted with self confidence that he would lay his life down for the Lord. The Lord knows all our weaknesses and He knew what Peter would do.

Luk 22:31  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: Luk 22:31  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

The weakness of Peter was uncovered and it was painful. This is far different than that of Judas. Judas only;y professed to know the Lord!

Peter was a true believer:

Luk 9:20  He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

The Bible says:

1Jn 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
1Jn 5:11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1Jn 5:12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1Jn 5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

There was no willingness in Peter to sin. Peter was ignorant of his own weakness! Step by step he approached this moment:

1.) Peter was over confident in himself:

Luk 22:33  And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.

2.) Peter separated himself from Christ Jesus:

Mar 14:54  And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.

Jesus had told him to watch and pray:

Mat 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

3.) Peter sat down with the enemies of God:

Luk 22:54  Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.
Luk 22:55  And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.

Peter had slept and neglected prayer because he was ignorant of the real character of the flesh.

How guilty of this are we all when we think we can rely on our own strength in our battles with the devil.

We all have on many occasions seen how totally unworthy our flesh truly is!

What is our only hope?

Luk 22:32  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

We have an intercessor!

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Where would Peter have been without this prayer. Just as we all, Satan would ruin our testimony so much that we would be useless in the work of the Lord.

1.) First Christ will show us our sin:

Luk 22:61  And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
 
2.) Christ will then restore us to Himself:

Mar 16:7  But go your way, tell his disciples [and Peter} that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

Joh 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Peter wept in bitterness because of what he had allowed himself to do. These were tears of repentence. His heart was broken and his spirit. That tender look from the Lord had brought a burning to his soul.

We all should learn from the mistakes of Peter. It is always best just to obey the Word of God.

Let’s Pray!

The Agony Of The King

The Agony Of The King

Our Text: Matthew 27: 1-46

As we approach the end of the Gospel of Matthew, we also are in the end time of the days Our Lord spent on this Earth while in the flesh. These next chapters describe a week most call "Passion Week" or "The Passion of Christ". It is a week of suffering and agony for the Lord, not because of the cross, because Jesus Christ had joy in sacrificing Himself for our sin:

Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; [who for the joy that was set before him] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

These verses tell us of the final events in the earthly life of Jesus. Every step Jesus took while on this earth was a step toward the cross. Jesus was not the victim here. In everything, He was in total control.

Jesus had stirred the religious leaders to a point of frenzy and their plot to kill Him could not be delayed.

Jesus had already told these disciples of the fact of His death and He would now tell them the exact time.

There are three people we need to focus on in this passage.

1.) Of course, Our Lord

2.) Mary, of Mary and Martha.

3.) Judas Iscariot.

*****Our Text:

Mat 26:1  And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
Mat 26:2  Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Mat 26:3  Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
Mat 26:4  And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.
Mat 26:5  But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Caiaphas was the High Priest not because he was of the family of Aaron, for he was not, but because of politics of Rome. The procurator of Rome, Valerius Gratus, appointed him to this position. The High Priest was never a position that was to be appointed by governments. All Priests, Pastors, Preachers must always be called of God. Caiaphas was a Sadducee and was High Priests during all the time of Pilate. His father-n-law Anna had also been High Priests, who also had five more sons who held this position. Caiaphas’ unscrupulous vigor, combined with political shrewdness, characterizes him in the New Testament, as it also kept him in office longer than any of his predecessors

Caiaphas had been humiliated by Jesus at the Temple and was told he was ignorant of the scriptures and he was. If you are not called of God you will never understand God’s Word.

The Jews had a history of slaying the Passover Lamb:

Exo 12:14  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
Exo 12:15  Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
Exo 12:16  And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
Exo 12:17  And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
Exo 12:18  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
Exo 12:19  Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.
Exo 12:20  Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

What had the Apostle John said as he witnessed the approach of Jesus:

Joh 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, [Behold the Lamb of God], which taketh away the sin of the world.

The killing of the Passover Lamb had only provided a refuge for those that put themselves under the protection from judgment and freedom from guilt by expressing their faith in obedience to the Law of Moses.

To fulfill prophecy and this memorial service Jesus Christ had to be sacrificed on the appointed day!

Jesus knew full well the schedule God had predetermined for Him.

All the wickedness and hatred of man that come from sin was now engulfed with Satanic power and aimed at the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are seven events we need to watch for in this chapter:

1.) The last prediction of His suffering and death. Vs 1-5)

2.) His anointing by Mary. (Vs 6-13)

3.) The betrayal by Judas. (Vs 14-16)

4.) The Passover meal. (Vs 17-35)

5.) The "agony" in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Vs 36-46)

6.) His capture and sufferings. (Vs 47-68)

7.) The denial of Peter. (Vs 69-75)

We should not think that all that was before Our Lord came upon Him gradually. Christ Jesus knew everything that was before Him and He always had from that day He was born in Bethlehem.

How many times had He walked before that hill called Golgotha knowing that He would "grace" a cross one day. In His flesh that had to be mental "agony".

It was now two days before the Passover and He would be delivered to the Gentiles:

Before:

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

After:

Act 8:27  And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
Act 8:28  Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
Act 8:29  Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
Act 8:30  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
Act 8:31  And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
Act 8:32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

What we see is that while the religious leaders were meeting to plot His death, His friends were meeting to show their love for Him.

*****Our Text:

Mat 26:6  Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
Mat 26:7  There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
Mat 26:8  But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
Mat 26:9  For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
Mat 26:10  When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
Mat 26:11  For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
Mat 26:12  For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
Mat 26:13  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

Matthew shows us the connection between Mary’s worship and Judas’s betrayal. It was after this, the anointing by Mary(not His mother), that Judas went to the high priests with his offer of betrayal.

Mar 14:10  And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
Mar 14:11  And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

This had taken place six days before the Passover:

Joh 12:1  Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
Joh 12:2  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

Though no one seemed to care to much for Mary, she is found only three times in the Gospels. We should take notice of her three times the Holy Ghost wanted us to see:

1.)  She is at the Feet of Jesus which means she is worshipping the Lord.

Luk 10:38  Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
Luk 10:39  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
Luk 10:40  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
Luk 10:41  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Luk 10:42  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

2.) She falls to her knees at the feet of Jesus:

Joh 11:28  And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
Joh 11:29  As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
Joh 11:30  Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
Joh 11:31  The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
Joh 11:32  Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

3.) When she anointed Our Lord:

Joh 12:1  Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
Joh 12:2  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
Joh 12:3  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

It is no wonder that Jesus told all to remember her. She knew that the most important place to be was humbly worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ and listening to His Word.

When we combine the Gospel records, we learn that Mary had anointed both the Head and Feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair.

1Co 11:15  But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

If hair is the glory of of a woman, she then surrendered her glory to the Lord.

Because Mary had listened to the Word of Christ, she knew that Jesus would die soon and be buried. She also knew His body would not need the traditional care given to the dead:

Psa 16:9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
Psa 16:10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Mary acted out of faith and love for her Lord and Our Lord. It would take nearly a years wages to purchase such an alabaster box of this ointment. the cost would have been near 50 dollars in our day. It was a gift suitable for a king or a rabbi. Only such a gift would be a worthy expression of her deep devotion for her Master.

Mary should be an example to us all. No matter our circumstances we should bring our very best when we come to sit at the feet of Jesus. We should bring our very best behavior when we go to the House of God. There is no better place to be than humbly, before God.

Every time Mary had tried to do something for Jesus, she had been misunderstood.

What we see is that when we can expect to be misunderstood by others when we devote ourselves to Christ Jesus!

Even at this time the other disciples did not know the true character of Judas. This evidence of devotion was met with ridicule by the disciples who listened to the words of Judas on this day.

Mar 14:4  And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
Mar 14:5  For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

Judas was the treasurer of these disciples. The Apostle John who wrote much later than the rest added that Judas was also a thief.

Joh 12:5  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
Joh 12:6  This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

Judas had been motivated by greed. He wanted to sit in and be a part of this kingdom set up by the Messiah. He had believed this much of the the things the Word of God had said. Judas was in this thing for the material things he thought he would have on this earth.

Judas realized that the truth was that Jesus was not going to set up His Kingdom at this time and it was a true thing that, He (Jesus) was going to die.

The religious leaders knowing that Jesus was in fact the true King, had rejected Him as the Messiah. Judas now joined forces with them.

On the other hand Mary knew the truth!

*****Our text:

Mat 26:14  Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
Mat 26:15  And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
Mat 26:16  And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

This was the last straw for Judas. He had never accepted the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ and if Jesus did not claim His rightful throne then his own dreams of could not be fulfilled. Judas had thought that if enough people would follow Jesus then maybe they could have defeated Rome.

Judas was the only disciple from Judea. The rest had come from Galilee or other places. Judas had the mind set of most all Judeans. They all wanted to be out from under the control of Rome at least all except the religious leaders.

During the years of Christ’s ministry Judas had been publicly seen with Jesus but he now wanted to be a part of Christ Jesus’s adversaries.

Remember we know Judas was not a true believer because Jesus said so!

Joh 13:10  Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
Joh 13:11  For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

It is in these times that Satan will take advantage of the lost soul.

This action would take place at the first Lord’s Supper in just four days from this time of Mary’s anointing of Jesus.

The Bible says:

2Ti 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, [who are taken captive by him at his will].

Unless you are a child of God, you have no power to resist the devil!

Judas was now glad to accept any payment for betraying Our Lord. The amount of that payment had been decided by God and given to the prophets many years before this.

Zec 11:12  And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

Psa 41:9  Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Psa 55:12  For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
Psa 55:13  But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.
Psa 55:14  We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

This was the price of a slave in the days of Moses!

Exo 21:32  If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; [he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver], and the ox shall be stoned.

The life of Judas should be a warning to all those who pretend to serve God, no matter what religion they serve in.

Judas wasted the opportunities God gave him. He wasted his life and he wasted his soul.

Jesus called him the "son of waste"! (son of perdition)

Joh 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but [the son of perdition]; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 

*****Our text:

Mat 26:17  Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
Mat 26:18  And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
Mat 26:19  And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
Mat 26:20  Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
Mat 26:21  And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
Mat 26:22  And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
Mat 26:23  And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
Mat 26:24  The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
Mat 26:25  Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

We know from the Book of Luke that it was Peter and John who made ready the Passover meal.

Luk 22:7  Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. Luk 22:8  And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
Luk 22:9  And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?
Luk 22:10  And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.
Luk 22:11  And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
Luk 22:12  And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
Luk 22:13  And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

The first day of the feast was the day the passover would be killed. Up until the end, the disciples did not know Judas was a betrayer. The Lord Jesus was still no respecter of persons. During this very meal Jesus made His announcement that there was a traitor amongst them.

This confused these disciples. No doubt this brought Judas under conviction. All those that responded "it is not I, is it". They truly wanted Jesus to say the word "no".

Jesus said:

Luk 22:21  But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.

Jesus said:

Mat 26:23  And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
Mat 26:24  The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

Then Judas said:

Mat 26:25  Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

Judas was reclining to Our Lord’s left, which was a place of honor and it was an act of friendship to break bread together.

When Jesus dipped the bread in the herbs and gave it to Judas he accepted knowing he was betraying Our Lord. What a hypocrite!

Psa 41:9  Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

It was at this instant that Satan entered into Judas. Jesus in the giving of the bread was an act of hospitality but Judas in accepting it was an act of "treachery".

Though was written in prophecy and would hold true, Judas had still had room to repent but he had chosen his own way. The Holy Ghost just knew that Judas would never believe.

Notice Judas does not say the word Lord but he says Master. Master is the same as Rabbi. Jesus was not the Lord of Judas by his own choosing.

From the lips of Jesus, he hears that word "Woe".

You know if you are not going to Heaven then it would have been best if you had never been born. These are the words of Jesus Christ and they are very true!

There is only one way to Heaven so how hard is that choice?

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Judas then left:

Joh 13:31  Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

Jesus knew Judas had gone straight to the High Priest to tell His where abouts.

*****Our text:
 
Mat 26:26  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
Mat 26:27  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
Mat 26:28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Mat 26:29  But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
Mat 26:30  And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Mat 26:31  Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
Mat 26:32  But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
Mat 26:33  Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
Mat 26:34  Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Mat 26:35  Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

We now have the record of the Lord’s Supper!

As they were eating the Passover meal, Jesus began something new.

This is my body. Not literally, as the Catholics and Lutheran say, but "represents my body." We interpret it as we do his other sayings: "The seed is the word," "The field is the world," "The reapers are the angels," "The harvest is the end of the world," "I am the door," "I am the vine." So, too, at this very feast, the Jew was wont to say of the lamb,

"This is the body of the lamb which our fathers ate in Egypt."

This ordinance of the Lord’s supper is to us the passover supper, by which we commemorate a much greater deliverance than that of Israel out of Egypt.

It is the Apostle Paul, as he was lead by the Holy Spirit, that put this in words for the New Testament Church:

1Co 11:23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
1Co 11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

The Lord Jesus took the unleavened bread and the cup of juice to picture His own death. The bread when it was broken is a picture of the Lord’s "body" that was destroyed on that cross.

The "fruit of the vine" the juice of the grape is a picture of His blood that was shed on that cross paid for our redeemed souls.

There are many that would use actual wine in remembrance of this ordinance but they are wrong for doing so.

God never authorized the use of wine or any fermented drink for personal use in the Bible. In fact He says to not even look upon any such drink!

Pro 23:19  Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
Pro 23:20  Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: Pro 23:19  Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
Pro 23:20  Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:

Pro 23:29  Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
Pro 23:30  They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Pro 23:31  [Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright].
Pro 23:32  At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
Pro 23:33  Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
Pro 23:34  Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
Pro 23:35  They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

God will never go against His written Word! No believer should ever drink any alcoholic drink period!

This text does not indicate that anything special or mysterious happened to these two elements. They remained bread and juice but they now conveyed a much deeper meaning " the body and the blood of Jesus".

The Lord’s Supper means to the New Testament Church for us to look ahead to the return of Jesus Christ to claim His Church.

The New Testament Church should observe this supper until He comes!

"This cup is the new testament in my blood: [this do ye], as oft as ye drink it, [in remembrance of me]"

The Passover Feast had looked ahead to  the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the World.

Joh 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

The Lord’s Supper is the celebration of the fact that this work of the Lord has been completed.

Joh 17:4  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

To use these things for any other purpose is to discredit what God set out to do and that is to pay our sin debt so we could join Him in Heaven at the death of our own flesh while still here on this Earth.

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, [and washed us from our sins in his own blood],
Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus added:

"I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom"

We know that the Bible says Jesus did eat again later but the Bible does not say He drank of the juice of the vine.

The Psalms that were sung during this Passover Feast were by tradition Psalms 116-118. They will give us all a blessing to sing them.

(Some portions of them)

Psa 116:13  I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
Psa 116:14  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
Psa 116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Psa 117:1  O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
Psa 117:2  For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Psa 118:1  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa 118:14  The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

Psa 118:17  I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
Psa 118:18  The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

Psa 118:28  Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
Psa 118:29  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Even while Jesus Christ was rejected by His own people and was headed for the cross that very night He still took time to give God, His Father and ours the praise He deserves!

It was nearly two thirds of a mile to the Garden of Gethsemane from that upper room yet Jesus allows us to hear what the conversation was about as they walked.

Gethsemane means: "oil press". But Gethsemane has not come down to us as a scene of mirth; its inexhaustible associations are the offspring of a single event — the "agony" of the Son of God on the evening preceding his passion.

We do normally point to Peter as the one that failed Our Lord but this scripture says specifically that all the disciples were involved.

The prophet Zechariah had written:

Zec 13:7  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: [smite the shepherd], and [the sheep shall be scattered]: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

Verse 32 says that Jesus at this point tells them again that He will rise after His death but we know that they were to tied up in their own selves to be taking in the words of The Lord.

Jesus said here that He would meet them in Galilee after His "resurrection"!

It was the angels that reminded them all of this after Jesus was buried and had risen.

Mat 28:7  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

You know that tomb is still empty!

That cannot be said of Mohammed’s tomb, nor Confusious’s tomb nor any other so called messiah that has ever lived.

When Peter disagreed with the Lord, this was the beginning of his sin.

Anytime we disagree with what the Lord has said, WE ARE IN SIN!

You see Peter was unwilling to apply the Word of God to himself. Was Peter better than anyone else.

No, the Word of God applies just as it is written, rightly divided, to all our lives the exact same way!

Christ Jesus did not reassure Peter at this time but He did give him a warning. Had all these disciples just obeyed the Word of God and believed then Peter nor any of them would have had to deny the Lord.

Not once but surely not three times.

The Jews require a sign and Jesus gave Peter a sign that what He said was true. That cock crowed according to God’s schedule!

*****Our text:

Mat 26:36  Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Mat 26:37  And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Mat 26:38  Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Mat 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Mat 26:40  And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Mat 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mat 26:42  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Mat 26:43  And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
Mat 26:44  And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Mat 26:45  Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Mat 26:46  Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

The Bible gives us details of three gardens:

1.) The Garden of Eden:

We know that the first Adam  was tempted and that he failed. This failure turned the first garden of paradise into a garden of sin. The way to the Tree of Life was blocked.

Gen 3:22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Gen 3:23  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Gen 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

2.) Here we have the Garden of Gethsemane:

The second Adam will resist all the wiles of the devil, all the weakness of the flesh, and the mental depression that comes from death. Jesus in Gethsemane turned this one into a Garden of Flowers for in it He prepared for man’s redemption.

3.) We will all join together in the true Garden of Paradise where will again be full access to the Tree of Life:

Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Jesus Christ is that tree of life:

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

When Jesus arrives at this garden He leaves eight disciples at the gate and takes three with Him.

This is not the first time he has taken these three with Him as this:

1.) Mar 5:35  While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
Mar 5:36  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Mar 5:37  And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

2.) Mat 17:1  And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Mat 17:3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

3.) Here in our passage.

These would be witnesses to these events.

They were told to watch and pray while He went about a hundred feet deeper into the garden.

Jesus places them saying:

"My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me"

We have no better place in the Bible that the evidence shows the full humanity of Jesus. He was one hundred percent God but He was also one hundred percent man. Jesus was man in every sense of the word.

Jesus Christ took on Himself our nature, apart from any sin, fully human with spirit, body and soul.

The "agony" described here is mental and spiritual!

What was the effect on His body?

Luk 22:44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

We can see that the body and the soul are intimately connected.

There is other proof in the Bible of this happening to a man:

Dan 5:5  In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
Dan 5:6  Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

This is again the reaction of the inner man on the outer man.

It is the same when we receive some horrible news of people we love. Our reaction will show on our outer features.

What caused that sorrow?

The sorrow that came over Jesus, the trouble in His soul was that He was very near His death on that cross. He was not accused of any felony for He was found innocent of all things by Pilate. Jesus was not guilty of but one thing.

"He was carrying my sin and your sin to that cross and in doing so He would, in that physical body of flesh, alienate His soul from God the Father in Heaven".

He knew that the sacrifice He would make joyfully would cause His Father to forsake Him.

Jesus Christ had to die a spiritual death, and spiritual death is absence of the soul from God.

George Washington prayed if he were to die to be shot as a soldier on the battlefield rather than be shot as a spy or traitor of an oppressing foreign nation.

George had no fear of death, he just want to die for America and not England.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Heb 5:7  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Jesus Christ had no fear of death yet He did not want to die a death in which He would alienate His Father. Yet there was no other way!

It was in the obedience to the Father where the Son was made perfect.

To the Christian it is the same. It is the obedience to the Father through His Son that makes us perfect in the eyes of the Father.

To all other religions and their many ways to Heaven [we can see that there had to be a substitute].

There was no other way to save mankind!

God had said:

Eze 18:4  Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Eze 18:20  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

The Law of God says that He must be vindicated:

In order for mankind to be vindicated before a Holy God, in order for man to be redeemed, man’s sin debt had to be paid.

There had to be a shedding of blood:

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Jesus had said "if it be possible" and what we see is that it was "impossible" for salvation to the believer to come from any other way.

The cup that Jesus was to drink of was not allowed to pass!

1.) The omniscience of God could see no other way.

2.) The omnipotence of God could work out no other way.

3.)  The omnipresence of God could get in touch with the sinner in no other way.

4.) A Holy and Just God could find no other way!

2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2Co 5:21  [For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin]; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

This was the "agony" Christ Jesus in His flesh had everyday!

Jesus prayed:

Mat 26:42  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Mat 26:43  And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
Mat 26:44  And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

To be in the will of the Father in Heaven is always the right place to be.

The devil knew that the cross lay just before Jesus. The devil knew what the effect would be if Jesus got to that cross and then died there.

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Joh 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even [so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life].

Joh 12:31  Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

The devil tried with all his might to get Christ Jesus to shrink back from the suffering that He must undertake. Jesus felt this "agony" but He had no fear of the devil.

In fact Jesus had these words:

Joh 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18  No man taketh it from me, [but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again]. This commandment have I received of my Father.

It should be the same with all of us. It was that relationship with Our Father who Art In Heaven where we need to place our priorities.

Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
God says since the cross:

God adds:

1Jn 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
1Jn 5:11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1Jn 5:12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1Jn 5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1Jn 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

To complete your study of this passage read the Book Psalms chapter 102.

Jesus Christ gladly gave His life for us! All He ask is our reasonable service in return. How we not be obedient to the God who saves?

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Let’s Pray!

The Return Of The King

The Return Of The King

Text: Matthew Chapters 24, 25

As we move forward in our study of the Book of Matthew we come to some of most important and most enlightening words of Our Lord. These words can be called prophecy because they tell us the future. Jesus tells us of the signs and days before He returns to set up the Kingdom that these men thought would happen while Jesus was on this earth the first time.

These are not signs for the Church, the Bride of Christ. The Rapture of the Church will take place before the Millennial reign of Christ. The full truth about the Rapture of the Church had not been revealed at this time for it was still a mystery to these soon to be Apostles.

Eph 3:1  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Eph 3:2  If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
Eph 3:3  [How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery]; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Eph 3:4  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Eph 3:5  Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph 3:6  That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

The questions asked by these disciples of Jesus were concerning the Jews and the fulfilling of the Old Testament prophesies.

When Peter wrote later in life he stated that The New Testament scriptures were a more sure word of prophecy than was already known.

2Pe 1:19  [We have also a more sure word of prophecy]; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

By this Peter meant we now also had the words of Jesus:

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2  [Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son], whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Peter also wrote that there is to be no self interpretation of Bible prophecy!

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

When we study this Olivet Discourse given to us in these chapters of Matthew, in order for the interpretation to be an accurate there must be harmony between Old Testament prophecy, these chapters in Matthew and the Book of Revelation. The Bible itself is always it’s own best commentary.

These words of Jesus grew out of questions asked by His disciples.

1.) They wanted to know when the Temple would be destroyed?

Matthew did not record this answer to this question but Luke did:

Luk 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Luk 21:21  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
Luk 21:22  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
Luk 21:23  But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
Luk 21:24  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

This of course happened in 70 AD at the hands of Titus!

2.) They next wanted to know would there be any signs before Jesus would return?

Matthew writes of these.

3.) They wanted to know would there be signs of the end of the age we still live in.

Matthew writes of these.

What we will see is that Jesus does not discuss the Church at all here, He does discuss these things for the Jews and for Israel.

Jesus will also discuss things that will happen on earth during the time of the Tribulation.

After the Church is suddenly taken out of this world there will be a short period of peace and safety that last for three and one half years.

1Th 5:1  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
1Th 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

That sudden destruction of course is the last half of the seven years of tribulation called the Great Tribulation.

Matthew 24:21.

It is this period that Jesus tells us the most about because at the end of this period is when He states His return.

Our Text:

Mat 24:1  And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Mat 24:2  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Mat 24:3  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

1.) THE BEGINNING OF TRIBULATION:

We know that the Mount of Olives, a place that Jesus loved, was just over a half mile from Jerusalem.

Act 1:12  Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.

A Sabbath day’s journey was considered 2000 paces, as far as one could walk on the Sabbath Day without breaking the law.

The view of the Temple from this location was spectacular when the Temple was standing. As the disciples were pointing out different buildings and structures which had been built over a fifty year period Jesus told of the coming judgment to Jerusalem and to the Temple.

Remember Jesus had wept as He had entered Jerusalem for this last time. It was this view and the knowledge to what was coming that brought some of those tears.

Herod was a builder that took great pride in trying to design his buildings to out last the pyramids.

Christ said “not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down”

We know that of the Temple and it’s buildings that prophecy came true. All that can be observed in our day is one wall called the wailing wall which was not part of any building but a retaining wall to hold the soil of the Temple mount. It is a very religious place for the Jews as they “wail” for their place of worship to return to this location.

The prophet Zechariah had described the coming to the Messiah to institute His Kingdom:

Zec 14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

The religion of Islam has more faith in this prophecy than most Christians, they created burial grounds in this path of prophecy saying that Jesus would not defile Himself walking through the dead but we can see there will be an earthquake that will move all this out of the way.

This coming was to be preceded by an invasion of Jerusalem:

Zec 12:1  The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
Zec 12:2  Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zec 12:3  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Zec 14:1  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Zec 14:2  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Zec 14:3  Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. Zec 14:1  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Zec 14:2  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Zec 14:3  Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

Jerusalem would be totally destroyed and most of the Jews:

Zec 13:8  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
Zec 13:9  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

These men, the Apostles, knew these words.

There are but two ages to the Jews.

1.) The now present age in which Israel is waiting on the coming of the Messiah.

2.) The second, is the age that is to come when all the covenants of God will be fulfilled and Israel could have the promised blessings.

The Messiah had to come before the second age could take place!

These disciples then asked their question “When”.

These things are not tied to the Rapture of the Church which is a separate event!

The Jews had often been led astray by false prophets and false christ’s(messiah’s). The first thing they will face in the tribulation period is the Anti-Christ. (The exact opposite of Christ)

Rev 6:1  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
Rev 6:2  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Some say this man has a bow but no arrows. The Strong Dictionary describes this bow as a bow in a child’s hair. Either way the meaning is a “total deception”.

He will again lead Israel astray but not only Israel but all the governments of the world at that time.

We can see if this Anti-Christ is also the Mahdi of Islam then all the world could be deceived. It is a very real thing that the populations of the world are growing in the Muslim religion at a faster pace than any other.

He will begin his career as a peacemaker sign a covenant with Israel. Remember at the heart of any peace agreement, the Nation of Israel seeks to be recognized as a nation by the Arab world. They have up to our time not done this insisting that Israel be destroyed.

Dan 9:27  [And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease], and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Israel will welcome this man:

Joh 5:43  I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: [if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive].

*****Our text:

Mat 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:9  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Mat 24:10  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Mat 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:12  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

We next see what Jeremiah describes as the time of Jacob’s trouble:

Jer 30:5  For thus saith the LORD; [We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace].
Jer 30:6  Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
Jer 30:7  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: [it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble]; but he shall be saved out of it.
Jer 30:8  For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
Jer 30:9  But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

Verse 8 says: “All these are the beginning of sorrows”

These are the birth pains that precede the birth of a new age to come.

1.) While this Anti-Christ is making peace with all nations there will be others claiming to be the Messiah. (Matthew 24:5) Notice this Anti-Christ has not claimed to be anything but a peacemaker.

2.) There will many reports of wars that are hidden by this false messiah.

Matthew 24:6

3.) There will be many natural catastrophes and diseases.

Matthew 24:7

John writes in the Book of Revelation that these things are revealed by the hidden seals under the scroll:

Rev 5:1  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

Revelation 6:1-8

Rev 6:1  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
Rev 6:2  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Rev 6:3  And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
Rev 6:4  And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
Rev 6:5  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
Rev 6:6  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Rev 6:7  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
Rev 6:8  And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

1.) We have seen the first rider was the Anti-Christ bringing peace. (a false messiah)

Matthew24:5

2.) The second rider(still the Anti-Christ) will take away any peace that existed and terrible war will begin.

Matthew 24:6

3.) The third rider(still the Anti-Christ) will bring the results of this war, a worldwide famine.

Matthew 24:7

4.) The fourth rider(still the Anti-Christ) will bring death to any one that is of God. This is not the Church as the Church is already in Heaven.

Matthew 24:8

Jesus Christ reveals that these things are only the beginning!

This fourth rider will usher in the second half of the tribulation period known as The Great Tribulation.

There will be widespread persecution and death. Many will turn to worship this political dictator.

John called him “the beast”.

Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Rev 13:2  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Rev 13:4  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

Though there will be false prophets John tells us a particular one:

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

This prophet works under the eyes of Satan’s power.

Christ makes a promise here:

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”

This means that all who resist the power of the beast will be saved from this persecution. This does not mean there is a way to Heaven beyond Jesus Christ.

No where in the Bible is there another means of “salvation” than that of Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

No one will ever be able to work their way to Heaven!

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

When can it be said to be true that the Gospel has been preached in all the world?

Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

At this time it can be said that “all” the world has heard the Gospel. The Gospel is the “good news of Jesus Christ”.

This Gospel at this time will announce that the second coming of the true Messiah, The King of Israel, The Savior of this world, is about to come.

We must remember that the 144,000 have already been preaching the message of salvation by “Grace”.

Many have been saved through their preaching but are under going persecution at this time!

Rev 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Rev 7:10  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

*****Our text:

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mat 24:17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Mat 24:18  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Mat 24:19  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mat 24:20  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Mat 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Mat 24:23  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.
Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

The most surest sign to Israel of the imminent coming of The Lord is listed in verse 15.

Daniel said:

Dan 7:8  I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, [behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things].
Dan 7:9  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
Dan 7:10  A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
Dan 7:11  I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

Rev 17:11 [ And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition].
Rev 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Rev 17:13  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Dan 8:23  And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, [a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up].

Dan 9:26  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of [the prince that shall come] shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Dan 11:36  And[ the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished]: for that that is determined shall be done.

Dan 12:11  And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and [the abomination that maketh desolate set up], there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Paul wrote to the Church:

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; [so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God].
2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time

Jesus said:

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)”

Then to Israel this is the sign of the imminent coming of the Lord.

We of the Church know this as King Jesus coming to fulfill His promises to Israel.

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and [will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee].

My Pastor has said many times. ‘The Jews may not know who the Messiah is but they certainly know who the Messiah is not.

When this Anti-Christ attempts to sit on the throne prepared for the coming Messiah, the Nation of Israel will see the light of Jesus and repent and call on the name of the Lord. That trip from Heaven to Earth will be quick and to the point.

Who is this man that is Satan in the flesh?

We know he will not show his face until the Church is in Heaven:

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way”

The work of the Holy Spirit will change when the Church is raptured out of this world.

Jesus had these words:

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, [that he may abide with you for ever];  Even the Spirit of truth; whom [the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him]: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you”

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: [for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you]”

It stands to reason that when Jesus returns then he will have recalled His Spirit, His Comforter to the position He held while Jesus was on this Earth.

1.) He is most likely a Gentile!

Under the original interpretation of Gentile, he could not be a Jew. He came out of the sea which means the nations.

Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, [and saw a beast rise up out of the sea], having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The “sea” most always refers to the nations of this world.

Proof:

Rev 17:15  And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

2.) He will most likely rise from the Roman Empire!

Dan 9:26  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and [the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary]; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

He rules these people which are the Gentiles.

3.) He is the head of the last form of Gentile world dominance!

Rev 13:2  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Dan 7:4  The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
Dan 7:5  And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
Dan 7:6  After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
Dan 7:7  After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
Dan 7:8  I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Dan 7:24  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

We can see that he is a political leader!

4.) His influence is worldwide!

He rules all nations and is worshipped as god by most.

Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

5.) His rise to power comes through a peace program for the entire world. This also means that the world is at war or about to go into world war.

Dan 8:25  And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

6.) He will rule without council of any kind.

Dan 11:36  And [the king shall do according to his will]; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, [and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished]: for that that is determined shall be done.

Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, [and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand] until a time and times and the dividing of time.

7.) For all those Atheist that do not believe in anything, he will introduce his own religion!

Dan 9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The World is about ready to receive such a man because he will also be a monetary genius to a world that is going broke:

What does Jesus say for the children of Israel to do when this man sits in on the Throne of the rebuilt Temple?

a.) To flee from the approaching armies of this dictator.

The need will be so great to flee that it will cause great difficulty for many.

b.)  There will be great distress, unequaled from anything that has been seen in the world since the beginning of time.

This would include, the flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gommorah and all world wars and what we have not yet seen.

c.) There will be some Gentiles that are still friends with Israel.

Rev 12:14  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

d.) Jesus Christ will step in just before the world destroys itself!

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened”

This elect is not the Church [but it is that remnant of Israel that will be saved]. Not one of these will be lost ever again.

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

God has determined to preserve a remnant in Israel even though Satan will seek to destroy every single descendant of Jacob, of Abraham.

So great will desperation be that many that remain will turn to false Christs and false prophets.

The beast will extend his power at this time:

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

*****Our text:

Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:28  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

All that want to know the true Messiah when He returns will see Him come this way:

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”

Matthew uses the phrase “Son of Man” because there will be no doubt that the true Messiah was the same one that had come already and had been to the Cross.

“Son of Man” It denotes the true humanity of our Lord. He had a true body and a rational soul. He was perfect man.

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Luk 24:39  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Just before the Heavens are rolled back revealing Our Lord’s return, there will be darkness that will envelope the Earth.

How dark will it be?

Exo 10:21  And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, [even darkness which may be felt].

This darkness will be erased by the “Glory” that can only belong to Jesus Christ.

Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

The Prophet told Israel and the world that this day would come:

Zep 1:14  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
Zep 1:15  That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
Zep 1:16  A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
Zep 1:17  And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

This darkness can be felt because the Church is already in Heaven. Earth will not only have physical darkness but also spiritual darkness.

Yes, Christ’s return will be bodily and visible and He will return to the same exact place from where He had ascended!

Act 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

The Prophet also foretold of this coming day:

Zec 14:1  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Zec 14:2  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Zec 14:3  Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Zec 14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

As we can see the prophets, Matthew, and the Book of Revelation are still in complete harmony of this dreadful day.

*****Our Text:

Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

An event that some think started on May 14, 1948 will then take place:

Moses the Prophet speaks:

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
Exo 19:6  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2  And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, [and will return and gather thee from all the nations], whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
Deu 30:4  If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
Deu 30:5  And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
Deu 30:6  And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Deu 30:7  And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
Deu 30:8  And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

*****Our text:

Mat 24:32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mat 24:33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Mat 24:34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

The fig tree has always represented Israel in the Bible:

1.) In Matthew chapter 21 we saw as Jesus told us of an Israel that was producing no fruit.

Mat 21:19  And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.

In Luke chapter 13 we see that the fig tree will be given a second chance.

Luk 13:6  He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Luk 13:7  Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
Luk 13:8  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
Luk 13:9  And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

In our verse 32 we see that the fig tree been revitalized.

In Luke we see that not only Israel but of all nations.

The fig tree will bud again. When the leaves appear then the fruit should also appear.

We know that through the preaching of the 144,000, which are all Jews sealed of God, that many will be saved from all nations.

Rev 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Rev 7:10  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

What we know of a fig tree is that as soon as the “branch” becomes tender then also is the fruit found. It is a rapid development.

Israel’s blessing of a new life, fruit and glory will quickly be realized in those days which will be very near the end of the “Great Tribulation”.

All those that are left on Earth at that time will be witnessing the end of Satan’s reign of terror.

We must use that word generation in the right way. Jesus was teaching the 12 disciples at this time but He did not mean that generation.

We know that some of them witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple!

The children of Israel have always been God’s chosen people. God has had a purpose for them since the time of Abraham.

We can see from the Book of Luke the word generation means a “race” of people:

Luk 16:8  And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

Notice God only separates by two. The children of the world and the children of the light in this verse.

Once the children of Israel become aware of the “light of Jesus” then all these things will be fulfilled.

To all that would destroy Israel this means they are going to be around till the end. After this Church age and also the tribulation period and they will sit with God in the Millennial Kingdom. This is the guarantee of Jesus with these words.

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”

Jesus was on this Earth as a servant of God. (God in the flesh) No servant will ever know all the plans of His Master.

In Mark we find these words:

Mar 13:32  But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, [neither the Son], but the Father.

Though no one will ever know the time of Christ return, Jesus gives us these words so we know the signs and know that this day is approaching at a fast pace.

One of the most sure signs was May 14, 1948 when Israel was again recognized as a nation.

From the time they announced the Nation of Israel until the time Israel was recognized by enough nations was a period of less than a day:

Isa 66:8  Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
Isa 66:9  Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
Isa 66:10  Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

I don’t know about the rest of you but I am going to rejoice with Israel and be glad with her and love her!

*****Our text:

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Mat 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:40  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Mat 24:41  Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Mat 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

God will never leave us hanging. He gives us examples through out the Bible and he gives us an example of what he is saying here.

Noah and his family are a picture in “type” of God’s preservation of Israel!

So we are clear we have our example of the “rapture” of the Church in the story of Enoch.

Gen 5:21  And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
Gen 5:22  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen 5:23  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
Gen 5:24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Heb 11:5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Heb 11:5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

1Th 1:10  And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1Th 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1Th 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1Th 5:7  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Noah preached to the people of the Earth for 120 years and not one believed outside his own family!

We could ask why, but we know why because the same thing is happening today. The common interest in this life eating, drinking, marrying and being so absorbed in this life that we forget that the real truth is “that Jesus is returning again to this Earth”.

They will loose the best and the everlasting life by choosing what they call the good life here on Earth. What a tragedy!

Verse 24 does not refer to the rapture of the church. What it does show is that there is the beginning of a separation during the tribulation period and some people will perish in judgment and some will enter into the Millennial Kingdom.

Mat 24:39  And knew not until [the flood came, and took them all away]; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

As the children of darkness were swept away by the flood, they will be swept away by the judgment!

*****Our text:

Mat 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Mat 24:43  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Mat 24:44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Christ Jesus used the example of Noah to warn us that mankind will not know the day of His coming. He will now use the picture of the burglar to show that mankind will never know the exact hour when that day arrives.

After the rapture of the church there will be a short time of peace on earth as the world ushers in the rule of the Anti-Christ.

1Th 5:1  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
1Th 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
1Th 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Then just as suddenly God’s judgment will fall:

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2Pe 3:11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

God’s word will not pass away after the Church is taken out. Those new converts of the 144,000 will have God’s Word to teach them of these coming judgments!

The number of these days will be shortened for the benefit of the suffering nation of Israel.

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened”

Rev 8:12  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

The world that knows God on that day will also know that He is near!

EVEN AT THE DOOR!

To our own benefit, we of the Church also do not when the Lord is returning. We have these same signs. Therefore, we must be alert, watchful, and faithful.

We will have tribulation in our lives but we will not go through these seven years of Tribulation! God promises this to the Church.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Joh 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

HOW GRATEFUL WE SHOULD ALL BE!

*****Our text:

Mat 24:45  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Mat 24:46  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Mat 24:47  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
Mat 24:48  But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
Mat 24:49  And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
Mat 24:50  The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
Mat 24:51  And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

It is believed by most Bible scholars that up to the forty-fourth verse in this chapter of Matthew, we have learned that the Lord tells us of things relating to the end of the Jewish Age and the End that is still to come.

What we now see is an emphasis on why the Lord will delay Hie return.

1.) In general. the teaching of Jesus in chapters 24 and 25 relate to the Jews Matthew 24:4-44.

2.) To the professing Church Matthew 24:45-25:30.

3.) To the Gentile nations Matthew 25:31-46.

We know that God divides His Word in three divisions:

Paul wrote:

1Co 10:32  Give none offence, (1.)neither to the Jews, nor (2.) to the Gentiles, nor (3.) to the church of God:

The second division begins here with verse 24:45.

We should not be surprised that Our Lord changed from telling of His return as King and how He relates to the Church. The nation of Israel and the Church are both caught in the time period between the rejection of Christ at Jerusalem and His return to Jerusalem.

If we read from Isaiah:

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is [given: and] the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

We know that the entire Church Age is exists between the word “given” and the word “and” in this verse.

Isaiah also writes:

Isa 61:2  To proclaim [the acceptable year of the LORD], and [the day of vengeance of our God]; to comfort all that mourn;

We know that the entire Church Age takes place between “acceptable year of the LORD” and “the day of vengeance of our God”

Christ now will give a message on faithfulness:

We as believers do not know the day Our Lord will return so we also need to keep a close eye on the signs of His second coming to be King of the Jew. We know that the Church will be taken out before this time.

A disciple is a prepared servant of the Lord! The servant’s responsibility is to administer His Master’s goods for the benefit of His Master’s servants!

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Gal 5:26  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

This requires that the servant be faithful even though the Master is is not present to supervise His servant!

Christ is teaching that at His return, those that call themselves servants will be tested and those that are faithless will be rejected in spite of what they confess.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

Christ said to watch the signs, be prepared, and to be faithful until His coming.

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

When Christ Jesus comes to take His Church out of this Earth, He “will” sit on His Judgment seat!

Rom 14:10  But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? [for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ].
Rom 14:11  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
Rom 14:12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

He will not judge us for our sins!

Rom 8:1  [There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus], who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

BUT He will judge our “works” done after we are saved!

1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

The purpose of spiritual servitude is that servants feed the people:

1Pe 5:1  The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1Pe 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
1Pe 5:4  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

The servant will lead as he is taught the truth:

Heb 13:7  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

“But” we must be aware of what is happening as a sign given to the Church by the Apostle Peter:

2Pe 3:3  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
2Pe 3:5  {For this they willingly are ignorant} of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

We as the Church see this sign fulfilled every day now as our time grows short here on Earth!

The servants task is NOT to be popular but IT IS TO BE OBEDIENT!

All spiritual teachings are found in God’s Word:

Mat 13:52  Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, [which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old].

There will never be another Bible (God’s Word) nor any additions to what God has already said!

We already have God’s Truth and it is that truth that makes us free!

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

When we look forward to the coming of the Lord to get His Church, it should motivate us to be faithful and loving toward all others including the Lost of this World!

1Th 2:19  For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
1Th 2:20  For ye are our glory and joy.

1Jn 2:25  And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
1Jn 2:26  These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
1Jn 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
1Jn 2:28  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
1Jn 2:29  If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

*****Our Text:

Mat 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Mat 25:4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Mat 25:7  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Mat 25:9  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
Mat 25:10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Mat 25:13  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Does this parable refer to the Jewish remnant or to the Church. Does this parable refer to some superspiritual people and some that are just pew warmers? Many people have different thoughts on these 10 virgins.

1.) If these 10 virgins represent the remnant of the Jews then we would have to question the fact of their going to sleep. There can be no such thing as sleeping in this manner during the tribulation period.

2.) There are those that say these foolish virgins are Christians also. Not only is this teaching confusing but it goes against the teaching of God’s “GRACE”! To believe that these foolish virgins lack a higher life from that of the others takes away from the blessed work of the Lord. These foolish virgins can not represent real Christians for the Lord says “I know you not”.

Their name was not written in the Lamb’s Book Of Life.

3.) If the parable in Matthew 24: 45-51 is making reference to the Church “then” Matthew 25:1-13 is doing the same if for no other reason because of the word “THEN”.

That word “then” connects these two passages:

This parable is actually more about the return of the Bridegroom than it is about the bride which is not mentioned.

To be a Christian is to be separate from the world!

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

That word “virgin” gives us this same thought!

Going forth with lamps, to give light and shine for the Lord is the Christian calling:

Jesus said while He was on this planet called Earth that He was the light of the world:

Joh 9:5  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

But He also said after He was back in Heaven that the believer is now the light of the world:

Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

When we see these foolish virgins or self professing to be Christians, they are foolish because they took no oil.

These five foolish virgins only profess to have accepted the Lord and the five wise are true believers!

There are those that say “did not these foolish virgins go forth to meet the Bridegroom?”
They certainly did but we read they had no oil. They had no power to go forth as lights!

They have a form of godliness but not the power of godliness!

To the Church God teaches:

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 [ Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof]: from such turn away.

The fact is that five foolish virgins never had the oil and had no means for their lamps to shine.

The “oil” represents the Holy Spirit and His power was lacking in the lives of these foolish virgins. They had separated them selves but they had tried to reach Heaven on their own works as many today are trying to do!

When the work of the Apostles began the New Testament church, they all expected the imminent return of the Lord, but as years went by they gave up the blessed Hope and ceased looking for the Lord. Thus the “sleeping Virgins”.

We can see that Jesus reveals these things in His messages to the Church Revelation 2-3.

When is the midnight cry?

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

We are right now living in the very time of the fulfillment of this scripture!

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Tit 2:15  These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

These foolish virgins are now in a quest for the oil:

1.) They deck out elaborate buildings.

2.) They search for a version of the Bible that meet their own standards.

3.) Their clergy wear fantastic costumes.

4.) They have a modern taste for different music.

5.) They have to have it their own humanistic way.

6.) They are “NOT” looking to the Lord for the free gift of the “OIL” and still think it can be purchased.

Peter wrote:

Act 8:17  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Act 8:18  And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Act 8:19  Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Act 8:20  [But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money].

The Church is still the Church that has been bought by the Blood of Jesus:

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, [which he hath purchased with his own blood].
Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

It is to the New Testament Church, The Bride of Christ that will go through the door of Jesus when He returns! To the Church it is called “The Rapture”.

The saddest part of this parable is the outcome. Those with the oil enter in and those without the oil cannot enter.

The door was shut! Soon the Lord will come and all those that are saved by His amazing “grace” will be called up into Heaven but all others that know Him but will not surrender themselves to Him will be shut out from Heaven with no more opportunities!

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

*****Our text:

Mat 25:14  For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:16  Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
Mat 25:17  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
Mat 25:18  But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
Mat 25:19  After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
Mat 25:20  And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Mat 25:21  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:22  He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
Mat 25:23  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:24  Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
Mat 25:25  And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
Mat 25:26  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Mat 25:27  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
Mat 25:28  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
Mat 25:29  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Mat 25:30  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

As the last parable speaks of those that are true believers and some that just profess to know the Lord Jesus as their Savior, so does this one.

This parable is not identical with the one in the Gospel of Luke. This parable following that of the ten virgins, shows the same time period in which He is not present and is soon to return.

We can see it is man that is responsible for the gifts God gives to us. If the Lord calls us out to be in His will He will provide the means to do so.

If we believe this man that was given one talent is a Christian then we take away God’s act of “Grace”.

When it is taught that when we  do not use our talents we will be cast into outer darkness then we reject the saving power of the Lord. According to that teaching final salvation would not depend on the work that Jesus Christ did on the cross but on the faithfulness of the believer and of the use of what he has received.

We cannot save ourselves and we cannot keep ourselves saved and there is no amount of work that can change that fact.

There is no doubt God will provide true believers with His blessings:

Eph 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think], according to the power that worketh in us,
Eph 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

We should also remember the fruits of the Spirit given to every saved person:

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

This man that received the one talent does not represent a true believer! Listen to what he says.

Mat 25:24  Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
Mat 25:25  [And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth]: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His own words tells us of his true condition.

1.) He had no confidence.

2.) He had no love.

3.) He did not trust on the Lord.

4.) He even accuses the Lord of being a hard Master.

5.) He did not use his talent for the Lord at all.

6.) He had refused the Lord.

We must not be confused into thinking that these talents represent earthly possessions. God gives talents to each one of us according to our own abilities. There is no true servant of Christ who is left without a gift.

That that has the gift of prayer is just as important to God as that one that is called to preach, or that one that is called to teach, or even to that one that is called to give.

We can also see that God’s gifts can be enlarged or increased. A prayer warrior would become more effective and a preacher would become more powerful.

We can also see that each servant will receive a reward for making use of the things God gives us. We can see that the reward was treated on equal terms:

Mat 25:23  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

So we can see it is not a question of how much we receive of the Lord but how we use what He has given us!

This unfaithful servant never knew these things because he had never trusted the lord.

James writes:

Jas 2:14  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Jas 2:15  If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
Jas 2:16  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Jas 2:17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Jas 2:18  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Jas 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Jas 2:20  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

To be saved is to be a slave of our Lord. he bought and paid for us with His Blood. He owns us.

To reject the things of the Lord and bury what we know to be the truth can never bring any reward and that servant will be cast into a sinner’s Hell.

Mat 25:30  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

*****Our text:

Mat 25:31  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:35  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Mat 25:36  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Mat 25:37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Mat 25:38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Mat 25:39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Mat 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Mat 25:42  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Mat 25:43  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Mat 25:44  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Mat 25:45  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Mat 25:46  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

As we now reach our third division of what Christ Jesus had to say, we come the “judgment on Gentiles”.

The nations of this earth will be gathered together before Christ at the end of the tribulation period. God will judge the individuals of each nation.

THIS IS NOT THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT!

Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The White Throne Judgment will not take place until the end of the Millennial Kingdom!

This passage of scripture also does not teach a salvation by works.

1.) The Old Testament saints were saved by faith:

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Heb 11:2  For by it the elders obtained a good report.

2.) The New Testament saints are saved by faith:

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The gospel of “do good” is not in the Bible and nobody in the history of the world will ever be saved by good works.

It is right for the Christian to do good!

Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Heb 13:16  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

But these things will not get you saved!

Remember it is Christ that rightly divided these passages for us.

1Co 10:32  Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

We have the sheep the goats and the brethren:

It seems likely that the “brethren” are the believing Jews that heard the message of the 144,000.

Since they have refused to receive the mark of the beast:

Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

They will not be able to buy or sell and could not survive if not for some of these Gentiles who have trusted Christ by this same preaching of the 144,000 who have cared for Israel which are Christ ‘blood’ brethren. Christ Jesus will be the sitting King of Israel at this time and forever.

These sheep had not even realized that what they had done would be so recognized by Our Lord. They had risked sacrificial love to save God’s people:

Rev 12:16  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Those goats were judged because they had not trusted in Jesus but had been given the Mark of the beast.

Jas 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Those “sheep” are the ones that will live through the Millennial Kingdom with the Nation of Israel as God fulfills His promises for 1000 years.

We can see that the goats are sentenced to everlasting fire, [but it was by the choice they had made] because Our Lord inserts that this everlasting fire was not prepared for them but for the devil and his angels. God never prepared Hell for people.

IT’S THE CHOICES WE MAKE WHILE WE ARE LIVING OR THE LACK OF MAKING A CHOICE THAT WILL SEND US THERE!

The sheep will be ushered into the Kingdom to share the glory of Christ Jesus.

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Jesus Christ will now sit and rule on David’s throne in Jerusalem!

Luk 1:30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luk 1:31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

This reign will be for 1000 years!

The Old Testament promises to the Jews will be fulfilled!

God is going to judge this world!

2Co 5:14  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
2Co 5:15  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Remember the Church is not looking for signs. The Church is just waiting on the “Blessed Hope”.

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

It is the Jew that require a sign and they are looking for the signs now of the coming Messiah and the King of Glory.

The Prince of Peace:

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isa 9:8  The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Let’s Pray!

The Enemies of Jesus

The Adversaries Of The King

Text: Matthew 22, 23

Focus on 22: 15-39

As we know Satan’s followers will always try to discredit the Lord Jesus in His teaching. In our day the followers of Jesus Christ are treated the same way. The truth must be heard because everyone has the freedom to choose. If you have not ever heard the truth you will not choose. To not choose is still to be lost in a dyeing world.

Ever since the time of Daniel, God’s clock had been ticking off the moments that will lead to the Cross on Calvary’s mountain. Jesus still had to be dealt with until that time one way or another.

We all have to deal with Jesus in our lives because we all will face Him in our death.

When we study God’s Word we know that after being saved we should become a walking living Bible ourselves. This does not mean we have to quote the entire Bible though we should know some of it by heart.

This does mean we need to be obedient to God’s Word!

2Co 3:2  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
2Co 3:3  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

1.) The Bible is a book with a back, some call it a spine:

I should ask myself if I have some backbone about Jesus Christ and God’s Word of truth?

2.) The Bible has many pages that are bound together. The Bible has a "binding".

I should ask myself, am I bound together with my brothers and sisters in Christ or is my life like a loose leaf notebook?

3.) The Bible has a purpose which is to teach us how to live a spiritual life.

I should ask myself, do I live a spiritual life?

4.) The Bible has in it many blessings.

I should ask myself am I a judge or am I a blessing to those I meet or do I always have a bad attitude?

5.) The Bible is a book of balance. Christ Jesus not only preached but He also fellowshipped.

I must ask myself do I have balance in my Christian life?

6.) The Bible is a book of biography. It is all about Jesus.

I must ask myself, do I promote the life of Christ in my life and not myself. Is God glorified in my life?

7.) The Bible is a book of benevolence. God cares about His people.

I must ask myself do I truly care about others enough to tell them how to avoid Hell? Do I have compassion on the lost of this world? Do I truly have concern for others?

As this Book takes us to the Cross we need to get our attitude straight and walk the talk of our Lord.

*****Our Text:

Mat 22:1  And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
Mat 22:2  The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
Mat 22:3  And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Mat 22:4  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
Mat 22:5  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
Mat 22:6  And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
Mat 22:7  But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Mat 22:8  Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Mat 22:9  Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
Mat 22:10  So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
Mat 22:11  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
Mat 22:12  And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Mat 22:13  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

First, just because those who divided the Bible into verses and chapters did so at this time does not mean some time has passed from the last parable. These evil men knew Jesus was speaking of them in these parables and he did not stop but continued. He continued in prophetic parables.

This first parable of chapter 22 will show us the contempt of Israel at God’s feast. This parable can be broken down into three parts for they absolutely refused to come at the calling of God.

I.) The first "calling"  to the marriage feast was given to the Jews by the prophets of the Old Testament. They foretold of the feast of of the exceeding great and precious promises, the peace, and the salvation of the Messiah.

2Pe 1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2Pe 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

The Jews refused to come!

God sent other servants in His chosen Apostles and even His own Son. These brought even a more urgent and explicit invitation. They "preached" a complete Gospel.

Act 4:1  And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
Act 4:2  Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
Act 4:3  And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Act 13:45  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
Act 13:46  Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, [It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life], lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

The result of the preaching to the Jew is that they became more antagonistic to the point of violence.

The Apostles were bitterly persecuted unto death except for the Apostle John.

This parable tells us of a very graphic manner of punishment at the hands of an angry God.

Jerusalem was devastated in 70 AD.

II.) We now see the King "commanding" the slaves.

"The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy."

To the Jews that were present when Jesus told this parable it was apparent that Jesus would invite the Gentiles to His marriage feast.

This was a true prophecy of what would happen soon.

Act 10:34  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Act 10:35  But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Act 10:34  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Act 10:35  But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

III.) Thirdly we see the "conditions" which must be met by the wedding guest.

All the wedding guest must be clothed in the wedding garment!

Rejection of the wedding garment showed a complete disregard and disloyalty toward the King who prepared this feast.

This wedding garment represents the Lord Jesus Christ!

Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Rom 13:13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Rom 13:14  [But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ], and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  [For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ].
Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The Kingdom of God demands not only a profession of faith but also a moral character.

Those that do not will be cast into the darkness away from the light of Jesus.

Joh 1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1.) Jesus Christ showed in this parable that this nation had been prepared beforehand for the kingdom He was offering.

2.) They had been told this kingdom was near.

3.) They had refused to enter into His Kingdom.

4.) They were excluded from His Kingdom.

5.) Christ taught the requirements to enter in to His Kingdom.

All those that refused then could not be accepted because they had not prepared themselves.

Salvation takes an action on our part. Salvation is absolutely the free gift of God but to refuse the gift is to refuse the giver of the gift.

Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

These parables taught all that listened that those that followed the teaching of the Pharisees were not sons of the Kingdom.

There is only one Gospel!

Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

"Many are called but few are chosen"

*****Our Text:

Our Theme for this chapter "The Adversaries of the King"

Mat 22:15  Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
Mat 22:16  And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
Mat 22:17  Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
Mat 22:18  But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
Mat 22:19  Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
Mat 22:20  And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
Mat 22:21  They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
Mat 22:22  When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

After the parables the enemies of Christ Jesus joined forces to destroy Him. He had exposed their evil intentions using some parables and the written Word of God they had in their own possesion. They had not enjoyed being humiliated in front of those that came to the Temple. The only weapon these evil men had left was to convict Him of a crime against their religious teachings that required death or convict Him of being against the government of Rome or both.

There are three main groups involved here who at more normal times were enemies of each other.

1.) The Pharisees
2.) The Sadducees
3.) The Herodians

Before we get into this questioning we need to remember something about the Lamb of God. The enemies of Jesus did not realize they were fulfilling scripture because it was necessary for the Lamb to be examined for blemishes before He died.

Exo 12:3  Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
Exo 12:4  And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
Exo 12:6  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

Jesus was to be examined publicly. We will see that He had no faults in Him!

When they should have believed they still rejected Him.

The "adversaries" of Christ approached courteously. They knew Christ did not speak to please people but Jesus taught the truth because He was the truth. They clearly ask, "Was it alright to pay taxes to a foreign government?"

The Pharisees opposed the Roman tax for many reasons:

1.) They would not submit to a Gentile power.
2.) The Romans looked at Caesar as a god.
3.) They would rather spend their money on anything than give it to Rome.

Many of us would have these same thoughts if we were in their shoes.

The Herodians on the other hand supported the tax. They knew that Herod’s authority came from Caesar and they would not be in power without this relationship. We can also see that we have many that feel the same way that are running our governments.

Palestine was occupied and dominated by Rome at this time. Paying taxes to this cruel government just reminded them that were not free.

This is why this question was chosen to present to Christ Jesus.

It was believed by these two groups that Jesus could have no acceptable answer to this question and therefore it was a "trap".

a.) If Jesus opposed the tax, he would be an enemy of Rome

b.) If Jesus approved the tax He would be an enemy of the poor Jews.

Because of this deception these men were hypocrites.

There was a great multitude of people in Jerusalem at this time as we have already discussed in the last chapter and many here now at the Temple.

Christ Jesus did not miss opportunities like this to teach His doctrine very often.

Jesus asked for that coin.

Each ruler minted his own coins and put his own image on it. This coin a "denarius", [a
penny], had the image of Caesar on it.

Jesus said:

"Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s"

What do we learn from this answer?

1.) Christians must honor and obey rulers.

1Pe 2:13  Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
1Pe 2:14  Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
1Pe 2:15  For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
1Pe 2:16  As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
1Pe 2:17  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

2.) As Christians we must honor and obey God!

Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

The Christian knows to worship God and Caesar was not God and no ruler should stop the Christian from the worship of Jehovah God.

3.) The Christian bears the image of God and owes all to God.

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Though sin has distorted that image, it is restored through a righteous Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 4:24  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Col 3:11  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

We seem to forget that the writers of the Constitution of the United States of America had the time of Joseph and Daniel in mind when they wrote the the laws of religion in politics.

"It is right for the people of God to serve in government, but it is wrong for the government to try to control the Church of the living God."

The evil men of our country and some women too have twisted this around to change the intended meaning and we have allowed them to get away with it.

Needless to say:

"When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way"

*****Our Text:

Mat 22:23  The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
Mat 22:24  Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
Mat 22:25  Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
Mat 22:26  Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
Mat 22:27  And last of all the woman died also.
Mat 22:28  Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
Mat 22:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Mat 22:30  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Mat 22:31  But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
Mat 22:32  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Mat 22:33  And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

The next attack came from the Sadducees.

History tells us that these super religious men relied only on the five books of Moses, The Pentateuch. They had no regard for the Prophets nor the oral laws designed by the Pharisees. They did not believe in angels, The Holy Spirit, nor in the resurrection of the body. They said these doctrine were without authority in the written law.

When these men presented their question to Jesus they referred to the writings of Moses:

Deu 25:5  If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.
Deu 25:6  And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.

There was a purpose for this custom. The family inheritance was a major thing in Israel and it was important for each home to have an heir. The Book of Ruth is written proof of how important this was to them and there are many more places in the written Word of God.

These Sadducees also had a purpose. They wanted to discredit the doctrine of resurrection and therefore discredit the authority of Jesus as a teacher.

Christ had revealed the power. He had raised the dead more than one time. He had even promised men a resurrected life.

Joh 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Jesus had even claimed to be the resurrection and the life!

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

These men wanted to discredit all these teachings of Christ and they felt this was their opportunity before a large crowd. They intended to prove Jesus had no authority in their Temple.

Jesus had these words:

"Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God"

Jesus said to them that they were "ignorant".

Ignorant means: Destitute of knowledge; uninstructed or uninformed; untaught; unenlightened.

To err means: To miss the right way, in morals or religion; to deviate from the path or line of duty; to stray by design or mistake. To mistake; to commit error; [to do wrong from ignorance or inattention]. [Men err in judgment from ignorance], from want of attention to facts, or from previous bias of mind.

To all those that are reading this, there can be no clearer message from Jesus than this statement. We need to know the scriptures. Not just the laws of Moses as these. Not just the New Testament as some teach to the church but the entire Word of God that He has given us.

Again, I believe the King James Bible is that Word God has given to the English speaking people, rightly divided.

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2Ti 2:16  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

We can see here that though these men said they knew the Word Of God Jesus said that they were ignorant of it’s truth.

Notice how Jesus quotes the Bible:

"I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob"

Notice how the Lord states the words "I Am". Jesus did not say "I Was".

"God is not the God of the dead, but of the living"

"I Am" can only be interpreted as these men, Abraham, Isaac, And Jacob are still alive as is everyone that puts their faith in The Lord God, The Living God. There is no doubt that the physical lives of these men were over at this time but Jesus said they were alive.

This can be said of every saint of God that has gone on before us. They are alive and well and in the arms of Jesus.

There will still be a resurrection of their bodies to join that living soul just as the Bible states!

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

God’s Word will hold to be true just as Jesus states to these Sadducees on this day before He is taken to be crucified.

Christ Jesus not only established to these men that there would indeed be a resurrection but He also gives us a view of life after that resurrection.

Marriage was a means for the earth to be replenished:

Gen 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

These words tell us that God knew that mankind would die a physical death.

There will be no need of marriage nor of replenishing in Heaven as there will be No Death.

We know that the Bible teaches that the angels have no sex as we know it and in the Bible they all have male names. Jesus says every one that is in Heaven will be as the angels in this sense.

Jesus Christ does NOT say everyone in Heaven will be an angel.

God created the angels when He created Heaven. None have died. God created man on a separate day, knowing there would be physical death.

God had everything in place by the end of the sixth day.

Gen 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

The Bible goes on to say that creation was finished on that day:

Gen 2:1  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

These Sadducees had been refuted!

Jesus says there will be spiritual beings in the future life. The angels will be there but these are not the saints of God. The Lord also did not mean that there would be no personal recognition in Heaven, or spiritual relationships as he has already proven at the transfiguration. (Moses was still Moses and Elijah was still Elijah).

In Heaven we will be known as we were after salvation but much happier:

Rev 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

What was the response to these words of Jesus:

1.) The crowd was astonished at this teaching. They had never heard it taught this way.

Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

2.) There were some that saw the light in these words of Jesus.

Luk 20:39  Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.
Luk 20:40  And after that they durst not ask him any question at all.

3.) These Sadducees were silenced with no response.

*****Our Text:

Mat 22:34  But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
Mat 22:35  Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
Mat 22:36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Christ Jesus had used the scriptures that the Sadducees had held so dear to rebuke them, the Law of Moses itself.

We have already studied that a lawyer would probably be a scribe who had gained influence because of his knowledge of the scriptures. This one was probably a Pharisee as well:

Mar 12:28  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

Jesus had answered well to these that had no regard to the teaching of the Sadducee.

The Pharisee had coded the law into 248 commandments and 365 prohibitions. They had 613 laws to be obeyed by the Jewish people. Not just the ten moral laws as we sometimes think. They had made it impossible to keep the law as they observed.

They had missed the point of God’s Laws!

Rom 3:18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

When a Jew tried to be obedient to all 613 laws what he found was that one law would be in conflict with another one. There were then many arguments among the religious leaders as to which law then would supercede the other one.

James wrote:

Jas 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

This lawyer then gave Christ Jesus the ultimate test.

"Master, which is the great commandment in the law?"

Jesus again quotes from the Law of Moses:

Deu 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Deu 6:5  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deu 6:6  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deu 6:7  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deu 6:8  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
Deu 6:9  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Jesus added:

"And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two
commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

It is obvious that our love for each other should be equal to the love God has for us!

Lev 19:18  Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

The teaching to the church is the same:

1Jn 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, [neither he that loveth not his brother].

1Jn 4:6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
1Jn 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
1Jn 4:8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1Jn 4:9  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1Jn 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1Jn 4:11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Love is our basis for obedience. All the law is summed up in love:

Rom 13:8  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Rom 13:9  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Rom 13:10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

If these men truly believed these words of Jesus then they would accept Him for His Word but we find instead they were plotting to kill Him.

Joh 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Joh 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

At least this one Lawyer agreed publicly with Jesus:

Mar 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
Mar 12:33  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Guess what? THE LAMB OF GOD WAS WITHOUT BLEMISH!

*****Our text:

Mat 22:41  While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
Mat 22:42  Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
Mat 22:43  He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
Mat 22:44  The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Mat 22:45  If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
Mat 22:46  And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

A question we all need to ask ourselves is was Jesus the Jewish Messiah?

You see God wants to know in whom and it what we believe. God wants us to know the truth!

Why?

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Why is it important that God used the word "make" rather than the word "set" as some interpretations say?

"Make" means to: To form of materials; to fashion; to mold into shape; to cause to exist in a different form, or as a distinct thing.

"Set" means to: To put, place or fix in any situation.

In other words to "make" would be more like the term to be "Born Again". Born into the freedom of God.

Christ paid a great price to give us this freedom!

Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Notice when Christ ask this question there was an immediate answer. "The Son of David".

This means the Messiah had to be a descendant of King David!

We know that there was a written record kept of the descendants of King David.

2Sa 7:11  And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.
2Sa 7:12  And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
2Sa 7:13  He shall build an house for my name, and [I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever].
2Sa 7:14  I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
2Sa 7:15  But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
2Sa 7:16  And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

Isa 11:1  And [there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isa 11:2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

Isaiah even tells us this Messiah will not live in royalty at first but be poor, as was Jesse.

Jesus then quoted from scripture as He did always:

"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool"

It was King David who was honored by these men who wrote these words.

The entire Jewish nation observed this passage as being prophecy of the coming Messiah!

The Almighty God "LORD" invited the Messiah "my Lord" to sit at the right hand at the throne.

We know that the Temple still stood at the time of Matthew and Luke who listed the family line of David through his sons Solomon and and Nathan. These men knew this to be true!

The fact that the Messiah was David’s son testified to the Messiah’s true humanity but the fact that David called Him Lord (my Lord) testified to His true deity. Lord means God.

The claim that David the psalmist foretold of the Messiah was claimed by Jesus this very day. If these men, (the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Lawyers, the Scribes) believed what they had claimed of the Messiah, then THEY COULD NOT OBJECT TO A LIVING BREATHING DESCENDANT OF KING DAVID WHO MET THESE QUALIFICATIONS.

Not a one could refute the words of Jesus and they would not respond to His question. They from that on did ask Him any more foolish questions.

We also should not ask any more foolish questions about Jesus and just trust in Him as our Lord and as our God. There is no other!

We will try to high light Chapter 23 as Jesus pronounced judgment on these men.

Matthew Chapter 23: 1-39

This was the last public appearance of our Lord until the day before Herod.

The Pharisee had assumed themselves to be in the position of Moses. Moses was not only the "Lawgiver" (given to Him by God Himself) but Moses was also the "Interpreter" of the laws given to the children of Israel.

We should also add that these laws were not given to any other nation or people but God does tell us that they are good laws to live by until we meet Jesus.

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

The Ten Commandments were the basis of moral laws for all nations for many years but it seems that the world is intermingling or making more manmade nonsense they call laws each and every day and abandoning the laws of God. We can see how the world becomes more evil as these things happen. This is exactly what was happening in Israel at this time.

The Pharisee had claimed this role for themselves. They sat as teachers and demanded that their teaching be observed. They demanded that Israel follow them as the religious leaders of that time.

It can still be said that religion will send you to hell. Only by faith in Christ Jesus can we be saved.

Christ agreed that the laws of Moses be followed but the law as practiced by these evil men was not to be followed. Jesus said they did not even follow their own laws themselves.

We can see this everyday in America when our own politicians who make the laws will not follow the laws they make and think they are above those laws.

The only witness of these Pharisee was how they tried to impress the people in hypocritical fashion.

God intends for His law to be impressed on the heart:

Pro 6:20  My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Pro 6:21  Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
Pro 6:22  When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

The Pharisee were motivated by pride and self esteem and felt they deserved the place of honor. To call one of these men Rabbi was to place their authority above that of God and His Word.

Christ Jesus pronounced "woe" upon these people because they shut the door to Heaven for all people who would follow them.

They rejected Christ who is the only access to His Kingdom, therefore closing the door to all that listened to them.

Christ condemned the Pharisee because they circumvented the clear teaching of God’s Word.

How often does this happen in our day?

Christ condemned the Pharisee because of the way they tithed. The law clearly demands the tithe. The same law demands justice, mercy, and faithfulness. The Pharisee ignored the laws of righteousness and showed the people that they satisfied the law by tithing only herbs from their own gardens.

Jesus said they were "blind guides" leading those they would make spiritually blind. Jesus said they had no concern for the greater demands of the law.

These Pharisee concerned themselves with washing the hands but not the heart. Christ Jesus teaches us that the only way the outside can be clean is to first clean the inside.

Jesus Christ said that these men were as whitewashed tombs. You know our places of burial are kept to a certain beauty but it is certain that those graves are filled with the bones of the dead. These Pharisee were also the same. They may have dressed royally but they were the walking dead with no chance for life.

Rom 6:23  [For the wages of sin is death]; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christ condemned the Pharisee because He said they were just like their forefathers who killed the prophets of God rather than listen to what God had to say. They had rejected them as they also rejected God’s last Prophet, Jesus Christ Our Lord.

They were plotting His death this very day as they stood with Christ Jesus and He knew that also!

Jesus Christ said they were just like the snake that deceived Eve. That snake was beautiful to look upon but it was still the means by which Eve was deceived.

Jesus now turned His attention to the City of Jerusalem, which of course meant the people then and the people now. "Jerusalem, Jerusalem".

This city had repeatedly rejected God’s message. We can know that God has a special love for Jerusalem, after all the name of the city in the New Heaven will be New Jerusalem.

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

On that day Jerusalem will be dressed just like a New Bride. She will show the righteousness of the Church, the bride of Christ.

Jesus had come to this city to gather them into His protection and His home:

Luk 13:34  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
Luk 13:35  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

They would not come.

Do any of you have that problem today?

Are there any that just simply refuse to come to Jesus?

These Jews saw Jesus as God the day they died! We have the privilege through faith in Him to only see Him in Heaven.

There will never even be the hint of the smoke from Hell on my person. Can you say that?

Heaven is a real place.

Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!

Let’s pray!

Jesus Presents Himself To Israel

The Presentation Of The King

Our Text:

Matthew Chapter 21

We are now reaching the beginning of the end of the time God remained in the flesh on this Earth. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, it will be witnessed by great multitudes of people.

Many have said that Jesus was carried away by enthusiasm and expected Jerusalem to receive Him as the Messiah-King but this is not true.

Others have explained His entry into Jerusalem as a concession to the Messianic expectations of the scriptures about the disciples.

These things dishonor the One who came to save. Christ Jesus was and is King and he came to Jerusalem to fulfill the prophesies..

We will also see that Our Lord revealed the sin of Israel and how He explained why the religious leaders not only rejected Him but they also rejected His message.

To set the stage we must remember that from the time of Israel’s redemption from Egypt, the annual slaying of the passover lamb looked forward to the Lamb of God. It’s also interesting to note that as they looked forward, we can now look back, as the Lamb of God paid the supreme price for our sin. We can now look forward to going home one day soon. It is by His sacrifice that redemption would be provided for “all” that were and are in bondage to sin.

The Law of Moses required all Jews to observe the Passover Feast:

Exo 12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
Exo 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Exo 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
Exo 12:4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
Exo 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
Exo 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
Exo 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
Exo 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
Exo 12:9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
Exo 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
Exo 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.
Exo 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
Exo 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Exo 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

What we do find is that some common people, who should have been giving their attention to the “rituals” of this feast, were in fact directing that attention to Jesus Christ.

The conflict between Jesus and all religious leaders was well known throughout the land. The Jewish leaders saw the Passover as an opportune time to put Jesus to death.

Their reasoning was that if Israel accepted Jesus as the Messiah and he instituted a kingdom, Rome would move in and destroy this kingdom. It seemed better to these leaders that “One” man should die rather than the whole nation perish.

These people felt that this would be their last chance and maybe their only chance to kill Jesus.

Joh 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Joh 11:49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
Joh 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
Joh 11:51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
Joh 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
Joh 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

They had also decided to kill Lazarus who was evidence of the power of Christ Jesus:

Joh 12:9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
Joh 12:10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
Joh 12:11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

The time of Daniel’s prophecy was unfolding:

Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Dan 9:26 [And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself]: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Our Text:

Mat 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Mat 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
Mat 21:3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
Mat 21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Mat 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

“Bethpage” means “house of the unripe figs”

In typology this city represents the nation of Israel at this time, the unripe fruit not ready to be picked.

Compare this to the second coming of the Lord when the world will be over ripe to the point of rotten fruit.

Rev 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

It is estimated that there were at least 2 million people in Jerusalem at this time. We will see that Jesus for possibly the first time planned and promoted a public demonstration. Jesus had normally avoided public scenes.

Why did He do this?

He was being obedient to the Word of God:

Isa 62:11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

This prophecy can only apply to Jesus for He was the only One that could prove He was heir to the throne of David!

Luk 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luk 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

At this time all records were kept at the Temple and this could be proven as it was documented and never questioned.

In our day we would not associate the donkey as a royal animal but they were. The King would have his special mule and they had the War horse but the donkey was used more daily matters.

There were actually two animals, the mother and the colt. Jesus sat on the colt with the mother walking alongside.

Notice how Matthew quoted the scripture of Zachariah:

Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

compare:

Mat 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

Matthew omitted the phrase “rejoice greatly” but wrote that when Jesus approached the city “He wept”.

It was not the time for rejoicing as judgment was soon coming.

70 A D Titus destroyed Jerusalem.

Matthew also omitted the words:

“He is just and having salvation”

Jesus came this time in “Mercy” and in “Grace”.

Jesus had salvation but they had refused to accept it.

Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

The next time they see Jesus it will be in a much different manner:

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

*****Our Text:

Mat 21:6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
Mat 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
Mat 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
Mat 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Mat 21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
Mat 21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Christ had revealed His “omniscience” when these animals were found just as Jesus had said.

Omniscience is God’s quality of knowing all things at once. We could say God has universal knowledge but in actuality His power is greater than that as we can see in His creation.

As Jesus was showing His authority over His creation, He was also fulfilling His prophetic word. Every detail of the prophets would be fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ which is another reason we can believe all else is written in God’s Word.

As Christ Jesus sat on this colt we can see His “omnipotence”. His unlimited power over all His creation.

It can be seen that a great multitude recognized this incident as the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Messiah.

We cannot know how many people could have been in Jerusalem at this time but there was a historian who was not a believer named Josephus who wrote that there were 256,500 lambs that were sacrificed which some say is a low estimate but if you figured a lamb for every ten persons then that would be just under 2,700,000 persons.

Since Jerusalem could not have held that many people with housing we can be sure that all the roads leading to Jerusalem and any open ground would be covered with the tents of the visitors.

They responded, shouting “Hosanna”!

This word means: Save Now! Save Now!

Psa 118:23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Psa 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psa 118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
Psa 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

This phrase was common to every feast of the Passover but it was directed at Jesus Christ the Savior on this day.

We know that the Pharisees objected to this jubilation and asked the Lord to silence these people.

Luk 19:39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

Jesus told these sinful men that He did not need the people to respond this way if they chose not too but that He had the power to create stones with voices!

Luk 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Verse 10 tells us that the City was moved by the Lord entering the city but we also know that it was Jesus Christ that knew their hearts and we get the tears of sadness from our Lord.

Luk 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

Remember had revealed a specific time in the Book of Daniel for these events.

Some things we have learned in our study of Matthew:

1.) Jesus Christ was identified as King of Israel at His birth.

2.) Jesus Christ was identified with the nation of Israel at His Baptism.

3.) Jesus Christ was authenticated as the Messiah at His temptation.

4.) Jesus Christ showed forth His Glory at the transfiguration.

5.) It is at this time of of His triumphant entry that Jesus Christ presented Himself to Israel as her Messiah.

6.) We can see that The Prince of Peace was not recognized at this time:

Luk 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, [at least in this thy day], the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

The City asked:

Who is this?

Every human being that walks the face of this earth will have to ask this question of themselves before their death. After death each one of us will know the answer.

Who is Jesus Christ and what does He mean to me?

The children of Israel answered this day in terms of rejection. Instead of their King, instead of Jehovah, instead of the Messiah they answered:

“This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee”

No doubt a great honor to some human but not to the Almighty God.

Peter had said:

Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, [Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God].

The woman at the well had said:

Joh 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: [I believe that thou art the Christ], the Son of God, which should come into the world.

There were at least four groups of people in this Passover crowd.

1.) The Jews who lived in Jerusalem.

2.) The crowd that came from Galilee.

3.) The people that had seen the raising of Lazarus.

4.) No doubt there were many visitors from many nations.

Act 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Act 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Act 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Act 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

The people wanted to see this miracle worker for themselves.

The Jews were spiritually blind because their own leaders had robbed them of the truth of their own WORD and had substituted “ManMade” traditions.

These leaders were not interested in the truth, they were only concerned with protecting their own interest.

The world is just the same today when it comes to Jesus.

To be saved we must answer this question individually.

Who Is Jesus To You?

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

If Jesus Christ is not the Savior to this world then we all are bound for hell for there is no other means of salvation.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

*****Our text:

Mat 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
Mat 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Mat 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
Mat 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
Mat 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

The purpose of the court of the Gentiles was to give the heathen outcasts an opportunity to enter the Temple and learn of the God of Israel, the true God of this world. Historians tell us that Annas the former high priest had changed this area into a commercial enterprise.

This place that was set aside to win converts to Judaism, was changed into a place where foreign Jews could exchange money and purchase sacrifices. In this place none other could compete nor oppose this lucrative business. No doubt many Gentiles were turned off to the religion of the Jews.

Are we sometimes guilty of this in our own places of worship? I believe we are.

Watch Jesus:

“My house”

Jesus said “I AM God” with this simple statement.

“My house shall be called the house of prayer”

Jesus then gave the purpose of this Temple and this place for the Gentiles that was originally built by Solomon.

Isa 56:6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
Isa 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

Jesus continues to say:

“but ye have made it a den of thieves”

Jer 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

A den is a place where robbers hide. These unfaithful leaders of Israel where trying to hide their sin.

We can see is God wants prayer in His house!

1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

We can see by the actions of the Lord that the House of God is a place of help to those that come. The needy should feel welcome no matter their nationality.

There should be the Power of God in His house working to change people.

There should be “Praise” for the only true God in His house.

Psa 8:1 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
Psa 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

What we can believe is that there is another Temple in Israel’s future and the Lord will also cleanse out this one after it has been given over to the Gentiles:

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

[Him, He will destroy with the brightness of the second coming of the Lord].

*****Our Text

Mat 21:17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.
Mat 21:18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
Mat 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
Mat 21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
Mat 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

We next see Jesus had cleansed the Temple, and He would perform another act of judgment.

Jesus cursed a fig tree. Now this tree was His creation and therefore it was His tree but this also was contrary to His usual manner.

Jesus came first to save:

Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

This world will be judged at His second coming.

Notice there was nothing morally wrong with this tree so we must realize Jesus was sending a message by example to Israel.

The fig tree symbolizes Israel:

Jer 8:13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, [nor figs on the fig tree], and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

Hos 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; [I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree] at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

To a fig tree the presence of leaves would indicate the presence of fruit. Now we know Jesus did not have to see that tree to know that it had no fruit. Jesus was saying in His teaching way that judgment was coming to Israel.

Israel was that fig tree and the leaves only covered her nakedness, much like Adam and Eve had tried to cover their own nakedness. Sin can only be covered by the Blood.

Israel was barren of fruit when searched by the Lord. This tree was taking up space, using the blessings of the Lord(the rain and sunshine) and producing no fruit.

This again is illustrated in a parable:

Luk 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Luk 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
Luk 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
Luk 13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Jesus continued to teach the disciples. Here He taught a practical lesson in faith and prayer.

1.) The Temple was suppose to be a House of Prayer.

2.) The Nation of Israel was supposed to be a believing people.

Both of these things were missing. These things if missing in our lives will always bring fruitlessness. God expects all His children to be fruitful.

*****Our Text:

Mat 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
Mat 21:24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
Mat 21:25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?
Mat 21:26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.
Mat 21:27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
Mat 21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
Mat 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
Mat 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
Mat 21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
Mat 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

After Jesus had cleaned out the Court of the Gentiles the day before and as He returned to the
Temple, He was met by the chief priests and the elders.

We will witness as Christ Jesus again teaches with parables.Why did He use parables?

Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

These men were the custodians of God’s House and they should have asked when men came to
preach in the Temple but Jesus had given them three years of His ministry and they refused the facts
of God’s Word.

A lesson we can learn here is that we should be cautious at everyone that wants to preach in God’s House.

Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Jesus Christ had the right doctrine. God’s Word was rejected by these that ministered to the Temple. These people wanted to see more evidence but they had seen many miracles of healing the day before.

John the Baptist had prepared the way for Jesus. If these rulers had received the ministry of John, which was also from the prophets of the Old Testament, they would have received the message of Christ Jesus.

John had preached the truth but these rulers had allowed John to be killed by Herod.

How are we going to act when the governments of this world take our Pastors and our Preachers of the truth and lock them behind bars for preaching and teaching the truth. Are we going to stand with them or are we going to be as these false teachers of Israel and give in to their evilness. It’s coming soon to America and already in a lot of this world. We need to decide now. In fact we should have made that decision the day we got saved!

It is a basic principle of Christian living that we cannot learn new truth if we do not obey what God has already taught us!

Joh 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
Joh 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Joh 7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

The message of John was rejected so Jesus could not impart any knew truth. We live, breath and die by God’s Word. God gives us the freedom to choose but when we choose His way then we must walk in His way.

Christ Jesus was and is the King, the Messiah, the Son of God and He was about His Father’s business. That was His authority and it still is!

The Church has this same authority as God’s children.

Jesus began to teach His disciples in full view of these men.

1.) These Pharisees and elders claimed to be sons of the kingdom simply because they were the children of Abraham. If we go back to the Book of Genesis we can find that Palestine is full of the descendants of Abraham even in our day.

Jesus teaches us that sonship comes from obedience!

This parable that begins at verse 28 gives us the true meaning of “repentance”. It is one of the best examples of true repentance throughout all the scriptures.

True repentance begins when we change our direction (Vs 29) and go in the direction that God tells us to go, thus obeying God’s Word. Repentance is not just feeling sorry for the wrong we did. Repentance takes an action on our part, a physical action that can be seen by others. This is the first act of witnessing and it should begin the very first day of our salvation and be noticeable to others especially those that are lost. If they can see no difference in our lives they will never be believers.

Jesus Christ had demonstrated that He was willing to accept all sinners, whosoever, into His family. These leaders of Israel would not even admit that they were sinners and therefore they refused to come to Him for salvation. This is still the same story throughout this world.

Luk 5:27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
Luk 5:28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
Luk 5:29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
Luk 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
Luk 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
Luk 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

*****Our Text:

Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
Mat 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
Mat 21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Mat 21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
Mat 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mat 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
Mat 21:39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
Mat 21:40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
Mat 21:41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

2.) Jesus Christ will now teach the consequence of the Nation of Israel’s rejection of Him as the Messiah.

The proof of this parable lies in the prophetic word of Isaiah:

Isa 5:1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
Isa 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
Isa 5:3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
Isa 5:4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
Isa 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
Isa 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
Isa 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

Jesus reminded these men of God’s goodness.

a.) He had delivered them out of Egypt.

b.) He had given them the rich land of Palestine.

c.) He had given them material and spiritual blessings untold.

d.) He had sent His prophets from time to time to receive of their fruit.

They had rejected the prophets.

What should God do?

He could have sent His armies to destroy these wicked men But:

He sent His Own Son!

Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

His Son was not received but was cast out of the vineyard and killed:

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, [suffered without the gate].
Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

Jesus reminded these men who this parable was about:

Psa 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Psa 118:23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

*****Our Text:

Mat 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Mat 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Mat 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
Mat 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Jesus then opens to them the prophecy of Daniel:

Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

Dan 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

In the Old Testament, God is referred to as a “Rock”:

Deu 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Jesus Christ was the stumbling stone to Israel:

Isa 8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Isa 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Isa 8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
Isa 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
Isa 8:17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
Isa 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

Rom 9:32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
Rom 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

They refused to believe:

Paul wrote:

1Co 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1Co 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Israel rejected the Messiah but in that rejection and His death and Resurrection, He created the Church.

To the Church, Jesus is the foundation stone, the corner stone:

Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The Church is now the “living stones” of God:

1Pe 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, [as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house], an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

At the end of this Church Age Jesus will come as the smiting stone:

Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

At the second coming of Christ all governments will be destroyed and King Jesus will rule just as He has told these Pharisees and elders of Israel:

1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
1Pe 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
1Pe 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Jesus separates these two events by the Church Age. The time that we now live in. This time will not last much longer!

When the chief priests and elders heard this parable they realized that Jesus has spoken of them.

Is Jesus speaking to you today? If so all He ask us to do is believe on Him and His Word of Truth.

Let’s Pray!